This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September.
These decision will impact how the world helps those in need.
In the past sometimes our efforts to help have been poorly managed. Food aid can wind up destabilizing a local economy, or can cause create a culture of dependence rather than fostering entrepreneurial opportunities.
I encourage you to pay attention to how these decisions are being made, and I hope you will join me in keeping this process in prayer. Addressing global hunger and poverty is not about producing more food… (we have more than enough) but assuring the right food and resources are being produced in the right places and making sure they are accessible to the right people.
Here are the goals being discussed:
Goal 1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 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
Goal 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
Goal 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development