Sustainable development goals

After the huge success of the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations have launched a new initiative called the Sustainable Development Goals. The campaign contains 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues. These included ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The following are the specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years:

  1. End poverty in all its 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 equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements 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 for sustainable development
  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
  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
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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Uniting Church involvement

A message from the Moderator:

Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals)
On a global scale, we are coming to the end of the period of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals – the most successful global movement in history to address extreme poverty, hunger and inequality.

We have had a focus on the Millennium Development Goals over the past two years as a Synod. There has been significant progress in achieving these goals:
In addressing poverty: “Poverty rates have been more than halved. In 1990 nearly half of the population in the developing world lived on less than $1.25 a day, that proportion dropped to 14 percent in 2015. This translates to over 1 billion people lifted out of extreme poverty.”

In reducing child mortality: “the global under-five mortality rate has declined by more than half. Dropping from 12 million in 1990 to 6 million in 2015.”

In September 2015, the United Nations approved the “Global Goals”, for sustainable development which will build on the work and achievements of the MDGs.
Our Assembly Agency, Uniting World, contributes to the achievement of these Global Goals, through its work in partnership with churches in Asia, Africa and The Pacific. We support the work of Uniting World through the donations of our members of the Uniting Church, and through the offering of people’s gifts and time in short and longer term placements with our partner churches.

Dr Deirdre Palmer, Moderator, Uniting Church South Australia