The United Nations’ SDGs:

Personally I sense some of the ideas of the SDGs came about from Daisaku Ikeda’s submission to the United Nations his yearly Peace Proposals, however this is my opinion.  Daisaku Ikeda is quoted here as well of the importance of these goals:

In order to respond to environmental challenges such as climate change, we must share experiences and lessons learned as we work to prevent a worsening of conditions and effect the transition toward a zero-waste society. Such efforts will be crucial in the achievement of the SDGs, and I would like to stress the indispensable role of cooperation among neighboring countries to this end. – Daisaku Ikeda, Excerpt from 2015 Peace Proposal, (SDGs – Sustainable Development Goals)

And from Wikipedia:

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. The SDGs are part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly, the 2030 Agenda.[1][2]

The Sustainable Development Goals are:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Waterand Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  10. Reducing Inequality
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace,Justice, and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals.[3]

The goals are broad based and interdependent. The 17 Sustainable Development Goal’s each have a list of targets that are measured with indicators.

Key to making the SDGs successful is to make the data on the 17 goals available and understandable.[4] Various tools exist to track and visualize progress towards the goals. – Source

also see:

https://www.globalgoals.org/

http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

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(One thing about the United Nations, I hear people who know very little about the United Nations criticize it however it is the very important body as it is a global organization where each country voices their concerns.  It should be appreciated, supported and most of all respected.  If we do not like something about it I am sure we can submit a suggestion on how they can improve this and that instead of bashing it.  If you do not like something work on changing it instead of condemning it.  We need the United Nations now more than ever.)