In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). It’s now five years on, and we have more work than ever to do. These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.
There are four guiding principles for the SDGs:
Universality: the goals apply in every country, including Canada.
Integration: achievement of any one goal is linked to the achievement of the others.
Aspiration: there is a need to move past business as usual and seek transformational solutions.
Leaving No One Behind: success depends on the inclusion of the poorest and most vulnerable.
The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.