The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted by world leaders last September 2015 during the historic UN Summit is still into a force. Over the next thirteen years, with these Goals that universally apply to all, countries continue to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The current Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres committed that human dignity is the core of his work. He believes the world body is uniquely placed to overcome global challenges and achieve sustainable development.
Like his predecessor Ban Ki-moon, Mr. Guterres is a great supporter of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which outline a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world. (Fretcher Magatao 02/13/2017, ruralevolution.net)