Sustainable development goals usually referred to as global goals has massively contributed to the speedy growth of human society. From every indication, human society has come a long way digitally and otherwise. This can be seen from how far civilization has transformed every area of life from what it used to be to what it now is.

From having to make simple tools to now making highly technical tools, from trading by barter to now talking of digital currencies, from having to rely on horses and carriages for transport to now having speed rails. The list goes on.

The aim, however, is that the world keeps getting more developed for the betterment of all the individuals who live on this planet. For this reason, the Sustainable Development Goals was put together.

What Are Sustainable Development Goals?

Sustainable development goals are the pathways to achieving an equitable present and a better future for all. It is set to adequately meet the basic needs of the present and also ensure that future generations are able to do the same.

What are the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations?

These are 17 global goals set by world leaders as targets that have to be achieved by the year 2030. The idea, however, is to create a better future for everyone on this planet. Some of these goals include:

Sustainable Development Goals

  • Zero hunger 
  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education
  • No poverty
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Life below water
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Reducing inequality
  • Responsible consumption and production 
  • Partnerships for the goals 
  • Life on Land
  • Climate Action
  • Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

These goals are indeed worthy goals that will make the world a better place for all. The question however is; how will these goals be achieved.

Ways To Achieve These Sustainable Development Goals

It is said that the devil is in the details and that particular phrase seems very apt here. This is not to discourage anyone rather; this is to prop all involved to sit up as there is work to be done. Here are some of the ways that these goals can be achieved, they are:

By Creating Awareness

A lot of the times, people are more interested and vested in their immediate challenges like payment of their bills, what to eat school fees for their kids, etc. Because of these reasons, many do not know and are not bothered by the challenges that the world faces. Therefore, any plan to meet these goals have to start by creating awareness amongst everyone of the importance of these goals. This awareness has to start by informing and educating people about these challenges and how they can be of help to solving it.

Through Collaborative Efforts

Already, many organizations and associations are already implementing some or all aspects of these SDGs in their activities. However, what is lacking is a collaborative effort between these organizations or institutions and this has led to disjointed results in places where there have been results. A more collaborative effort is advised.

Synchronize Activities With SDG Goals

Again, a lot of organizations are in one way or another implementing the SDG goals. The challenge however is that they are doing it outside the scope of the SDG activities and this does not make for a well-oiled way of carrying out a program. Thus, such activities should be done in sync with the SDG goals for better implementation.

Encourage Youth Participation

It is often said that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow; well, they should at least be able to participate actively in order to better understand those tomorrow plans. Aside from this, young people generally bring vigor, passion, and creativity to whatever endeavor that they set their minds to and these are the attributes needed to achieve these SDGs.

Involve Local Communities

While there is a complete plan on how to approach the different challenges that affect human societies, there might be need to adapt these solutions to the unique situations affecting local societies. And to be able to do this, local communities have to be involved so as to get their local inputs on how best to move ahead with the plans as it affects their community.

The world is our home, we have no other place that we can call home and for this reason, we have to do all that is possible to keep it in the best shape possible. We owe ourselves the responsibility of ensuring that these goals are reached for a richer, healthier, and a more prosperous human race.


By Gracefield Maxcot

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