10 Reasons why we need to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals before 2030
This 2020, we are left with ten (10) years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations. These 17 goals encompass every aspect of human and planetary wellbeing; a universal call to action to end pressing issues that affect the world.
The question remains, where are we now at achieving this? According to the SDG Report for 2019, we are making progress, but it is still not enough. To further stress, we are already facing bigger threats, especially under the category of Climate Change.
It is time that we as one big community step up and work together because the fair future of the people and planet depends on it. The first step? Massive Awareness. Throughout the years of supporting and creating projects aligned with the SDGs, we came to know that most if not all are still unaware of what the SDGs are. We need to change that and encourage most if not everyone to find ways on how to contribute to the success of achieving the SDGs.
To start, we’ve rounded some of the most important highlights for the past 20 years to give you everyone a full picture of the realities and why we need to take action.
Check them out below:
- 736 million people still live in extreme poverty There are still many people struggling in their day-to-day basic human needs. Should there be new threats like climate change, food scarcity, and other conflicts, it is obvious that there will be a big chunk of the population who might not recover.
- Half of all people living in poverty are under 18. When in poverty, hunger is on the rise. The youth who are the forefront and hope to save the world are going to bed without food inside their body. The number of undernourished people reached 821 million in 2017. And unfortunately, these issues are contributors to the negative impact of development in many countries.
- 3 billion people rely on polluting and unhealthy fuels for cooking 1 in 7 people still lack electricity and most of them live in rural areas of the developing world. As the population grows, so does the demand for energy. Should this continue, not only are we harming our health and wellbeing but also our environment which will lead to extreme climate change.
- Climate Change is speeding up. The Impact is clearer than ever. Sea levels have risen by about 20cm / 8 inches since 1880 and it is estimated to rise another 4 feet by 2100. Not only will this cause drastic climate change, but it could kill humans and wildlife. Islands in all forms will sink and temperature will change which will heavily affect the health of everyone.
- Everyone deserves equality rights. But, unfortunately, we still need to fight for it. We can no longer stand on the sidelines and witness people be discriminated against and denied with equal rights. Given the study, that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development, it is more reason for us to take action and do something about the fact that women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men get for the same work and 35% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence. These are just some problems we are facing with Gender Equality, surely, there’s more to what needs to be addressed.
- 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills. Based on several studies done for the past years, progress has been tough in some developing regions because of a high level of poverty, increasing conflicts and natural disasters. By now, we should know that achieving inclusive and quality education for all are proven vehicles for sustainable development. But, based on facts, 57 million primary-aged children remain out of school and 6 out of 10 children and adolescents are not achieving a minimum level of proficiency in reading and math. This needs to change.
- The unemployment rate reached 5% out of 172 million worldwide and it’s about to increase again! The number of unemployed individuals tripled between 1991 and 2017, reaching up to 204 million in numbers. When workers are unemployed, a ripple effect takes place because they lose their purchasing power which leads to companies taking drastic measures that will help them afloat in their industry. One of which is cutting on their overhead.
- We all aspire to rip the benefits of having the best infrastructure and innovation. These two are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With an increasing number of population who are mostly living in cities, reliable infrastructures and competitive technological progress are needed. Did you know that over 4 billion people still do not have access to the internet? Moreover, 90% are from the developing work. Bridging the gap between traditional and digital is already crucial for us to ensure that everyone has equal access to information and knowledge which will foster innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s a long battle of capacity building but once it’s implemented, the productivity of life will surely follow.
- Our ecological footprint is affecting our economic growth and sustainable development! For us to achieve economic growth and sustainable development, we need to urgently reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we consume and produce goods and resources. 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year, while almost 2 billion people go hungry or undernourished which does not align at all. Meaning, the supply, demand and distribution are mismanaged. Why are there 2 billion overweight and obese people when a big chunk of the world’s population is malnourished?It’s time to revisit the food distribution and security model.
- In 2017, international remittances totaled $613 billion This achievement was possible because of strong global partnerships and cooperation. Not only do projects blossom from partnerships but it also promotes international trade and helps develop countries by increasing their exports which will eventually translate to their fair trading system.
2030 is the goal but in reality, we do not know when is the actual deadline to save the world. But, what we know is that the world is deteriorating, it might die, today, tomorrow, next week or in a decade if we do not take action. As citizens of the world, we need to put our best foot forward, spread the word, work on achieving the goals and hope that the SDG report in the next few years will give us immense positive progress. This will be the run for the decade and we encourage you to join us in this life changing journey!
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