The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important and, if achieved, will make the world a better place for EVERYONE by 2030. Never heard of them? Don’t worry – we’re here to help. Here are just a few reasons why YOU should care about the SDGs:
  • 124 million children and adolescents are out of school.
  • Each year, 15 million girls under the age of 18 will be married.
  • Complications during pregnancy and childbirth, gender-based violence and AIDS are among the leading causes of mortality for young people
  • Young people aged 15-24 account for 41% all new HIV cases
  • Complications from pregnancy continue to be the leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15-19.
  • 150 million girls under the age of 18 are estimated to have experienced some form of sexual violence

In 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here, UN member states began planning the process to develop these global SDGs to build on the progress made with the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expired in 2015.

The SDGs were developed with the guidance and input of people from all over the globe to ensure they represent the needs of its entire population. 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 those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.