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U.N. Global Goals: 17 Sustainable Development Goals

What are Global Goals?

In 2015, world leaders came together and agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or "SDGs"). These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality, and addressing the urgency of climate change.

We're now just over 5 years in, and there's more work to do than ever. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us (and each of us) to work together to build more resilient communities, and forge a better future for everyone. And while governments, businesses, traditional institutions certainly have their role to play, we believe the real change will come from people like you -- everyday changemakers who can create innovative solutions that disrupt status quo and change things for good.

Your Role in Global Goals

It's easy to respond to the avalanche of problems we face by tuning out the world, drowning in distractions, binge-watching Netflix, and adopting a general attitude of apathetic detachment. Some people want to take action, but feel overwhelmed, unsure where to begin, or feel the problems are just too big to be solved. And then there's you.

You are among the few stubborn optimists who are going to find (or create) ways to respond with creativity, energy, and even optimism -- tackling local, national, and even global problems with powerful tools and ideas. You will see problems that have been ignored or mishandled by traditional institutions. And you are going to create new solutions.

Today's information, technology, and organizing capability have forced us to rethink we address global problems. And in the same way individuals and groups have demonstrated destructive capability, they've also revealed to us the constructive capability of those same tools. This is fortunate, because the need for change is especially urgent. Here's a look at the 17 Global Goals, so you can start pinpointing the topics you're itching to tackle.

Meet The 17 United Nations SDGs

1. No Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. Explore SDG1.

2. Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. Explore SDG2.

3. Good Health and Wellbeing: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.Explore SDG3.

4. Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.Explore SDG4.

5. Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Explore SDG5.

6. Clean Water & Sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. Explore SDG6.

7. Affordable and Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. Explore SDG7.

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. Explore SDG8.

9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.Explore SDG9.

10. Reduce Inequalities: Reduce inequality within and among countries. (Explore SDG10.)

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Explore SDG11.

12. Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. Explore SDG12.

13. Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. Explore SDG13.

14. Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Explore SDG14.

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. Explore SDG15

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. Explore SDG16

17. Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. Explore SDG17

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The New Economy

In the years ahead, we predict (and dare we say, expect) more people to consider it natural to take the lead in creating innovative solutions to ominous social problems. Just 50 years ago, that idea would have been unthinkable. Or at least, it would have taken an unusual amount of confidence and vision to do so. But today, the path is becoming so much clearer. And the (positive) possibilities are becoming endless. So at this stage, we'll start with one simple question. Which Global Goals will you help tackle?


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