The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a universal call to action to put an end to poverty, protect the future of our planet and ensure that all people enjoy a life of peace and prosperity. In July, governments from around the world met at the UN to review the progress being made on these goals. However, the SDGs will continue to remain a work in progress until and unless the majority of us are actively involved in their implementation.
In her latest opinion piece published on The Huffington Post, Alice Cunningham, Executive Director of International Affairs for Shumei International, talks about the importance of raising awareness and involvement in the SDGs to ensure the well-being of our planet and its people.
Read the full opinion piece here.
An excerpt: ‘Ask the average person in any part of the world what are the top 17 issues that will change the future of the world and, most likely, you will get a blank stare. These global tipping points are summed up in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by 193 countries in 2015, that outline the most urgent priorities we must address to save humanity and our planet.
However, the majority of us don’t realize how much these global goals could impact our future and why we need to get involved.
The fact is, international policymakers and the development community understand the goals, but the public, by and large, do not. This isn’t surprising: the UN and its partners often fail to communicate in plain language their importance to the people who have the biggest stake in their success.’