Sustainable Development Goals

Paradigm Shift [4zzz fm 102.1 friday 6 Nov 2015] this week features Andy interviewing Matthew Maury from TEAR about the United Nations switch from the Millennium Development Goals to the new Sustainable Development Goals – what are the differences and how do these goals actually help us to create a better world?

Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, signed up to these development goals at the UN last month.

The millennium development goals were started up in the year 2000. The aims were:

  1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. To achieve universal primary education
  3. To promote gender equality
  4. To reduce child mortality
  5. To improve maternal health
  6. To combat HIV, aids, malaria and other diseases
  7. To ensure environmental sustainability
  8. To get the other a global partnership for development

These goals were set to expire in 2015. So the 193 countries that were signatories set goals for the next 15 years to 2030 now called the sustainable development goals. Now there are twice as many goals. And each goal has 10 targets.

The sustainable goals are:

  1. The end of poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  2. And hunger, ensure food secutory, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
  4. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
  15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
  17. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

There is no mention of failure of the capitalist system to deliver on either set of goals.

No mention in the document saying how to bring about political and economic change to make these goals possible.


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