Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change

Sustainable Development Goals and Climate Change


The Sustainable Development Goals SDGs are in the document Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. From the UN: "This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom, We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development." On 25 September 2015, the 194 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda. Climate Action (SDG #13) is  "essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals". Here is a graphic of the SDGs; the text of the 2030 Agenda is below.



Sustainable Development - the 2030 Agenda - text





The Sustainable Development goals were preceded by the Millenium Development Goals or MDGs. The MDGs were eight development goals against poverty that all 192 UN Member States agreed to achieve by 2015. Achievement of the MDGs and mitigation of climate change are intertwined. There are a huge number of people living on less than $1.25 per day (1.4 billion people in 2005). 


Millennium Development Goals MDGs  

HERE are country reporting guidelines (2013 addendum)

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MDGs and Climate Change

Climate change presents significant threats to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, especially those related to eliminating poverty and hunger and promoting environmental sustainability. An increasing body of evidence are pointing to the disproportionate negative impact climate change will have on the poorest countries who, ironically, have contributed least to the problem. 

The MDGs and Climate Change (Germanwatch report)

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History - the Millennium UN Declaration (2000)

Historically, the Millennium Development Goals arose from Millennium UN Declaration 55.2, a resolution adopted in 2000. Here it is.

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Video on the MDGs

Video is by Gillian Sorensen, senior advisor at the United Nations Foundation.

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Last edit 23Feb2017