10 things you should know about the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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By Nicol Perez

1.  The #globalgoals are replacing the Millennial Development goals which were 8 goals that were globally established and adopted by governments, NGOs, faith communities, and civic organizations worldwide to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems. They were established in 2000 and will be ending at the end of THIS year! Click on the image below to see a report on the progress that has been done over the past 15 years. 

2. The Global Goals are 17 goals that were created by all 193 member states of the UN through the most consultative process the world has ever seen. They were built after careful consideration of the progress that has been done over the past 15 years with the MDGs and the work that still needs to be done.  

3. The global goals will help do 3 main things in the next 15 years:

            1. End Extreme Poverty

            2. Fight inequality & justice

            3. Fix climate change

4. The Goals have 169 targets that will help measure the success of each goal. These targets help make each of these goals more concrete. For example, goal #3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of everyone, everywhere. One of the targets is to reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births. Indicators are currently being developed to help us make decisions that are data- driven and can quantify problems that often seem nebulous.

5. A mix of national public resources, international public resources, and the private sector will finance the Global Goals, and private partnerships will continue to drive these goals.

6.  The U.S. plays an incredibly huge role in making sure these goals are successful. The U.S. held consultations in 50 cities across the nation that included elected officials, businesses, faith-based leaders, and civil society leaders while the goals were being created. Furthermore, over 73,000 Americans engaged with the UN to speak up about the issues they care about the most.

7. These goals are not a legally binding treaty. They are an international campaign that everyone can get behind to help make the world a better place!

8. After September 25th, we want EVERYONE to know about the #globalgoals. Project Everyone was started to make these goals FAMOUS. We want all 7 billion people to know about these goals within the next 7 days. The more people know about these goals, the more we can keep our governments and world leaders accountable. YOUR job (yes, you reading this post!) is to share these 17 goals with everyone you know. 

9. For the first time ever, the global goals go beyond foreign aid, and focus on trade and the incredible investments coming from the private sector. Companies like Unilever and Facebook are making commitments to use their resources and global presence to support these goals. On September 26,more than 300 CEOs, Heads of State, UN and civil society leaders attended the United Nations Private Sector Forum (PSF) to discuss the role of business in implementing the world's new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

10. We all have big stakes in these goals.  Young people are CRITICAL to the success of these 17 goals. This is our future and we can use the global goals as a guide to take radical responsibility for ourselves, the people around us, and our planet. We have the power of technology, the reach of social media, and the support of many that have come before us to help make this happen. 

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