SDG Action and Awareness Week
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action and Awareness Week will be held from February 28 – March 4, 2022. The purpose SDG Action & Awareness week is to promote awareness of the SDGs among students in higher education, and inspire them to take action in furtherance of the goals on their campuses and in their local community.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – also known as the Global Goals – were developed by the United Nations in September 2015. Canada and 192 other United Nations Member States have since adopted these Goals, with an intent to meet them by 2030. The 17 SDGs cover a broad array of global challenges from SDG 2: Zero Hunger to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being to SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation to SDG 13: Climate Action.
The UN recognizes that efforts to tackle global issues, such as poverty and hunger, must involve approaches to improve health and education, promote economic growth, and reduce inequality, while putting climate change and the preservation of our natural environments at the forefront.
17 Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.
SDG 1: “End poverty in all its forms everywhere.”
SDG 2: “End Hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.”
SDG 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.”
SDG 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”
SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
SDG 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.”
SDG 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.”
SDG 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
SDG 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”
SDG 10: “Reduce inequality within and among countries.”
SDG 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”
SDG 12: “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.”
SDG 13: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.”
SDG 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”
SDG 15: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
SDG 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
SDG 17: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”
During SDG Action and Awareness Week understand the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and how you can get involved with the 2022 UN SDG Awareness Week! The Week seeks to increase awareness of and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from diverse perspectives. From science and technology to public health, business, and politics, there will be discussion of challenges and solutions to turn talk into action.
However, the success of the SDGs is controversial, uncertain, and slow. “Implementation has begun, but the clock is ticking… the rate of progress in many areas is far slower than needed to meet the targets by 2030.” (United Nations, 2017).
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