The Global Goals
A seismic change is needed to protect our fast-growing planet from the extremes of poverty, widespread pollution of our oceans, the dwindling of natural resources and wildlife, and the harsh reality of climate change. All of these challenges, and more, are captured in the 17 Global Goals set out by the UN for 2030.
As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon explained in 2015, the year world-leaders adopted the goals:
“At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth’s essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunity.”
The goals, communicated around the world by Project Everyone and freuds, represent hope, opportunity and direction in an increasingly chaotic world.