Sustainable Development Goals
Before explaining SDGs, let’s start with the definition of sustainable development.
Sustainable development (SD) is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs as well. It means that we will think about present and future generations, social, environment and economical aspects in every our action. This kind of thinking we call sustainable.
Sustainable thinking is required to ensure simultaneous and balanced progress in three dimensions that are totally interdependent – economy, environment, society.
To ensure sustainable thinking, Sustainable Development Goals were developed, a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030.
SDGs are universal, and could be used not only by countries but also by organization of any legal status including non-governmental, business or Universities. Moreover these organizations can work together. The SDGs are built on the idea of partnership. Achieving the Goals will be impossible without the cooperation and participation of everyone
There are 169 targets for the 17 goals. Each target has between 1 and 3 indicators used to measure progress toward reaching the targets and key SDGs mission – LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND.
Sustainable Development Goals: My home and myself
- The global challenges (e.g. climate change, technology, etc) are the result of every action of every human being
- Our sustainable thinking can be demonstrated in our actions:
– to buy consciously
– to share with pleasure (homes, books, cars, things)
– to eat natural and chemical-free products
– to make advocacy for the good causes
– to promote SDGs and sustainable thinking
Sustainable Development Goals and Business:
- The global challenges (e.g. climate change, technology, etc) are the result of every action of every company or organization .
- Corporate sustainable thinking can be demonstrated in corporate actions:
• To be responsible
• To be ethical
• To engage employees, partners, suppliers into responsible behavior
• To create responsible suppliers’ chains
• To be an active citizen in community
• To have and show opinion on every societal issue
• To measure and evaluate corporate impact and produce CSR/sustainability reports
Sustainable Development Goals and Country:
- Responsible countries are countries that contribute to their societies and to the well-being of society around the world, and as a consequence, those countries have higher GDP, prosperity and democracy.
- National sustainable thinking can be demonstrated in the following actions:
• To respect human rights, ensure democracy and equality
• To respect environmental standards
• Fight corruption
• To make cities sustainable via energy efficient technologies and sustainable building design.
• To integrate SDGs into public policies