The 4 challenge areas explained
Sustainable development is about the big picture. It’s about improving the lives of everyone everywhere and achieving all these things together. That means we want economies to grow companies to thrive and people to have decent work. We want to create new innovative technologies, but not by harming the environment. We want everyone to have access to nutritious food regardless of where they live. We want affordable and quality education for everybody not just a few. At the environmental level, sustainability prevents nature from being used as an inexhaustible source of resources and ensures its protection and rational use. At the social level, sustainability can foster the development of people, communities and cultures to help achieve reasonable and fairly-distributed quality of life, healthcare and education across the globe.
Sustainability focuses on equal economic growth, that generates wealth for all, without harming the environment.Many of the challenges facing humankind, such as climate change, water scarcity, inequality and hunger, can only be resolved at a global level and by promoting sustainable development.
Education is crucial for achieving many other Sustainable Development Goals. Quality education make it possible to break from the cycle of poverty. Through education we help to reduce inequalities and to reach gender equality. It also empowers people everywhere to live more healthy and sustainable lives. Education is also crucial to fostering tolerance between people and contributes to more peaceful societies.
Even though major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals.
We need to bridge the equity gap in education by promoting STEAM in lower performing schools, support inclusive education, provide training in mental health, and enhance skills training for at-risk youth.
Civic engagement involves working to make a difference in the civic life of the community and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. Civic engagement includes political activism, environmentalism, community and national service, volunteering, and service-learning
Social entrepreneurship is all about recognizing the social problems and achieving a social change by employing entrepreneurial principles, processes and operations. They don’t measure their success in terms of profit alone – success to social entrepreneurs means that they have improved the world. Social enterprise models combine business practices and principles with the passion and compassion required to create a fair and just world.
Social entrepreneurs are passionate about the problem they are trying to solve and keep their social mission front and centre as they scale up their impact. In many cases they have left potentially lucrative careers to found their social enterprise, motivated by a desire for a more meaningful purpose.
The Global Goals for Humanity
The solutions to these challenges should be aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals
- No Poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good health and well-being
- Quality education
- Gender Equality
- Clean water and sanitation
- Affordable and clean energy
- Decent work and economic growth
- Industry, innovation and infrastructure
- Reduced inequalities
- Sustainable cities and communities
- Responsible production and consumption
- Climate action
- Life below water
- Life on land
- Peace, justice and strong institutions
- Partnerships for the goals