In 2015 the world’s countries agreed on 17 goals for a brighter and more sustainable future. 17 goals which require courage and willingness from single individuals, world leaders and businesses. It is the most ambitious agenda for sustainable development that has been adopted globally. By 2030, the ambition is to eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequalities and injustice, promote peace and justice and to solve the climate crisis. This sounds ambitious, right? But it is also a wonderful objective!
Your choices and my choices in everyday life can contribute to a step in this very direction. ZOE HOOP has chosen to especially focus on 5 of these goals.
Goal 1: No poverty
Poverty is a more complex state than lack of money. Often, it also includes aspects such as freedom, security, education and health. It involves gaining material support, but also access to health care and clean water. Poverty can be measured in a number of different ways. One of the objectives is to eradicate the so-called extreme poverty by 2030. Most importantly, the first goal focuses on the opportunities for individuals to maintain worthy and safe lives.
Goal 5: Gender equality
The access to resources, labour market, decision making and freedom from violence is still unevenly distributed between women and men. Gender equality is a key factor for a sustainable development, where all persons independent of gender are given the opportunity to live on equal terms in society. Some of the objectives under the fifth goal are to eradicate gender discrimination and to ensure the empowerment of all women and girls.
Goal 8: Decent working conditions and economic growth
More than half of the world’s workforce today find themselves in insecure employment. Far too many are exposed to human trafficking and child labour, in a number of sectors. Among the objectives for goal number eight are safe working environments and equal wage conditions. It also promotes decent work opportunities, sound enterprise and a sustainable economic growth.
Goal 9: Sustainable industry, innovations and infrastructure
Today, a majority of the world’s population live in urban areas. A sustainable and inclusive infrastructure is a key factor for a society to be able to tackle both environmental and economical challenges. Innovation, eco-friendly technologies and sustainable industries are needed in both low-income and high-income countries to create sustainable development. Among the objectives of goal 9 are possibilities to promote more effective use of resources and greener industry processes.
Goal 12: Sustainable consumption and production
The resources of the earth are not exuberant and how we live today affects our future as well as the future of coming generations. A responsible consumption and production has positive effects for both the environment and people’s employment and health. Goal number twelve is simply about finding a more sustainable lifestyle – that we need to take care of our footprint over natural resources, our waste management and our consumption and production patterns.
The focus of many of the global goals are in many ways in line with what the Bible points to. An early definition of sustainable development is to ”ensure the needs of today without endangering the needs of coming generations”. The Bible speaks of loving our neighbor, giving support and help to the weak and being responsible stewards of creation.
Anna Eliasson, MSc in Human Rights