17 sustainable development goals
In September 2015, the UN released the plan, targets, and goals of a blueprint to help achieve a better and sustainable future for all. These came to be known as the SDGs. 193 countries from the UN General Assembly committed to achieving the 17 goals and 169 targets by 2030. The SDGs expand on MDGs’ framework and link the three pillars of sustainability – social, economic, and environmental.
It started off as a global public health emergency. However, in its spread, COVID-19 has unleashed a disaster of huge proportions on countries of all sizes – rich or poor. It has hit our social and economic frameworks very badly. In fact, experts suggest this could be the worst economic slowdown since the Great Depression.
For years now, there has been a lot of buzz around the term ‘sustainable development.’ What is sustainable development, and how is it relevant now? The simplest definition of the term sustainable development is given by the Brundtland Commission, set up in 1983 by the United Nations, in its report titled ‘Our Common Future,’ which also made the term sustainability