Visit Impact Hub Boston and you will see social entrepreneurs passionately working away on their global and local endeavors. Ever wonder what these Hubbers have in common, other than sharing a common work space? Chat with a Hubber and you might be surprised to learn that they have another common link – knowingly or not, many of us have been and are working towards achieving one of the SDGs.
So, what is an SDG, you ask?
Sustainable Development Goals
As the United Nations grew in member states and the need for integrated economic development became inevitable, it developed guidelines and sustainability goals to better manage natural resources and to address social equity and inclusion concerns. Following on the foundations laid by the Millennium Goals, on 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals to be met by 2030.
Are you an SDG Impacter?
Widely known as the SDGs, there are 17 sustainability development goals and 169 targets. These goals apply to all UN members and address social, environmental, and economic development issues, among others. Read on below for a brief description of each of the SDGs as described by the UN and you might find that you have been working on one or more of these goals.
17 Sustainability Development Goals
SDG 1: No Poverty
‘End poverty in all its forms everywhere’
SDG 2: Zero Hunger
‘End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture’
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages’
SDG 4: Quality Education
‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’
SDG 5: Gender Equality
‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
‘Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all’
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
‘Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
‘Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation’
SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
‘Reduce inequality within and among countries’
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
‘Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns’
SDG 13: Climate Action
‘Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’
SDG 14: Life below Water
‘Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development’
SDG 15: Life on Land
‘Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss’
SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals
‘Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development’
If your initiative addresses one of these SDGs, consider registering your organization under the appropriate goal(s) and it will be listed on the SDG website.
“The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World”
Now, we are all industrious, hard-working global citizens, but the UN thought it funny that we might fancy ourselves ‘lazy’; so here’s an awesome list of actions that we – the ordinary folks – can take every day. There are tips on how to save on electricity bill to things you can do at and outside the home. Check out the full list –
Water Action Decade
In an era when we hear more and more stories about water shortages and water pollution, the UN has decided to take some definitive actions by declaring the years 2018-2028 to be the Water Action Decade. Some of these initiatives address availability and accessibility to one of the basic sustenances of life – clean water. There are three water-related objectives:
- Advance sustainable development
- Energize implementation of existing programs and projects
- Mobilize action to achieve the 2030 Agenda
The resolution was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 2016. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Plan: Water Action Decade 2018-2028 resolution also provided the following four success principles:
- Facilitating access to knowledge and the exchange of good practices
- Improving knowledge generation and dissemination, including new information relevant to water-related SDGs
- Pursuing advocacy, networking and promoting partnerships and action
- Strengthening communication actions for implementation of the water-related Goals.
These work streams provide guidance on how to achieve the goals set out by the resolution and how success can be defined.
Watch for an upcoming blog post about the Impact Hub-based coworking companies that have risen to the Water Action challenge!
*All graphics are courtesy of UN’s SDG website.