Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals

Rahat Sharma is a final year Law student who is an ardent believer that every dark cloud has a silver lining. Through her words, she continues to pursue the same and is determined to bring about the change awaited.

#SafecitySessions : Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals

Knowledge shared is Knowledge gained, and so Safecity, recently organised an interesting discussion session with its Campus Volunteers sharing about the Sustainable Development Goals formulated by the United Nations.

On 25th September 2015, the United Nations had replaced the Millennium Development Goals with 17 new Goals called the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). These goals were devised with the global objective to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all in the next 15 years i.e. till 2030. The goals which were formulated to bring about a reform in the inequities in society are being implemented by many countries since January 2016. The dedicated and combined efforts of the governments, the private sector, civil society and public of these countries are surely expected to be successful in their mission.

The session which began with an introductory video explaining all of the above as well as the SDGs and their importance briefly, enabled the Volunteers to present their views during the discussion in a better manner. However, the main conversation revolved around the following:-

SDG 05: Gender Equality

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities ,and

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

and videos based solely on these 3 goals were also shown. Subsequently, the Volunteers spoke about each of them, suggesting solutions to the problems. Few also pointed out the lacunas in the SDGs which could result in their failure to be fulfilled. The session concluded with each of them taking a pledge to support at least 1 SDG and thus work towards it in their daily life because,“Unity starts with YOU and if not you, then who?”

 

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