Taking a Closer Look – The Sustainable Development Goals

I figure, if one is going to truly believe and support something, they must firstly extensively understand the subject; where it all started from, how it developed and it’s various branches. That is why, today I feel I should explain to you a little about the Sustainable Development Goals.

I have studied them at University and think that awareness of these universal goals is a must if we have the prosperity of fellow humans and the environment at heart. Also, all the Say It! team is super excited because we have 2 projects coming up this year that revolve around these goals! But these 2 deserve a post all for themselves, so for now, I will have to leave your curiosity pending. Sorry guys!

Back to these goals, so, the Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 goals that underline ways in which, as a generation, we can join forces for the world’s future;

  • They are backed up by a set of 169 detailed targets.
  • They were negotiated over a 2 year period at the United Nations (UN).
  • They were agreed to by nearly all the world’s nations, on the 25th of September 2015.
  • Their target reach is by 2030.

These goals are common to every nation in the world, whether these are less developed or more developed than others.  Their Universality stands out since cities, schools, businesses, and organisations are all encouraged to act. The goals are all inter-connected in a system. We cannot aim to achieve just one goal as the others follow closely behind. Finally, for these goals to be a success, a radical transformation must take place.

Now, let’s look at the goals one by one:

  1. End poverty in all it’s forms everywhere.
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  4. Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote life-long learning.
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.
  6. Ensure access to water and sanitation for all.
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
  8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all.
  9. Build resilient infrastructure , promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  11. Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.
  15. Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss.
  16. Promote just peaceful and inclusive societies.
  17. Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

The common theme here is ensuring prosperity for all and ultimately to leave no one behind.

I did not know what the United Nations stood for before I embarked on my University Course. So for anyone who is not sure of what the United Nations is and do, here is a very short summary.;

One can look at the United Nations as a global community that decides which goals to pursue next. As an intergovernmental organisation, their aim is to promote  international co-operation. But why was the UN established in the first place? It was established after Word War II in hopes to prevent another such conflict. The United Nations gets it’s finances by assessed and voluntary contributions by its member states.

I’m looking at their Twitter right now and they have an impressive following of 8.79 Million!

Here are some of their posts:

SDG's 02

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UNICEF stands for: The United Nations Children’s Fund 




Finally, how do the Sustainable Development Goals Partner Up with Fairtrade?

The Fairtrade mark is the most recognized ethical label globally (according to the PDF I am going to link below). This mark gives power to the consumer to influence the development agendas of Southern governments and local private sector companies. The Fairtrade mark contributes to the SDG goals by taking a rights based approach and by ensuring fair participation among other ways. ”While all of the goals are relevant to Fairtrade producers, Fairtrade has a particular role in those most closely related to trade and export supply chains.”

I hope today’s little read gives you a better idea of what incorporates the Sustainable Development Goals and how these are linked to Fairtrade. If you guys are further interested in reading about the latter, below is a PDF that will allow you to get further acquainted with the concept of Fairtrade, and how this can benefit society as a whole.


Keep an eye out for up-coming information about the projects Say It! is taking part in, for this year.

Thanks for stopping by friends! I hope you have  a great Sunday, besides, I’m looking out the window right now and it looks like a marvellous day! 😉

Gretel J. – A Say It! Volunteer


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