In September 2015, world leaders at the United Nations' General Assembly in New York adopted 17 SDGs and they came into effect on January 1st, 2016. For the next fifteen years until September 2030, every country must make action plans to address some to all of the goals. But what are the goals all about? And why do they matter to you. Because they do matter to everyone on this earth. Yes, you included.
One of the actors or drivers behind the SDGs are governments. But under the framework of the SDGs, other majors actors are the United Nations, civil society organizations, the private sector, and finally you and I - if we choose to take part.
Through the SDG framework we can debate and take action to fight social and structural inequalities, find solutions to climate change, ensure a more balanced socio-economic development across the globe, improve access to basic health care, quality education and decent jobs, end world hunger, promote the use of technology and strengthen institutions and legislation to protect refugees, children and minorities, just to mention a few. Isn't that exciting?
So dive into the materials below to learn more about the SDGs and
check out the exercises in this unit to find out how you can train new skills and competences while learning more about the SDGs.