The Spirit of Global Citizen Festival, New York, September 26, 2015: The Challenge for Kenyans   Leave a comment

In a spectacular rendition of the public announcement of the renewed commitment to end extreme global poverty, the United Nations sponsored an event that has left many of us breathless. The renewed commitment is spelled out in terms of the 17 goals that set new benchmarks in the fight against extreme global poverty. This represents a sequel to the 8 goals articulated in the Millennium Development Goals, 2000.

{The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are the eight international development goals that were established following the Millennium Summit of the United Nations in 2000, following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. All 189 United Nations member states at the time (there are 193 currently), and at least 23 international organizations, committed to help achieve the following Millennium Development Goals by 2015:
1. To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. To achieve universal primary education
3. To promote gender equality
4. To reduce child mortality
5. To improve maternal health
6. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
7. To ensure environmental sustainability[1]
8. To develop a global partnership for development}

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
{On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled Transforming our world’ ‘
This included the following goals:
1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development}

We should use these benchmarks to gauge the extent to which our individual actions as well as those of our national and local governments contribute towards the realization of the lofty goals of SDGs.

http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
Prof. Ronald S. Edari, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

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Posted September 28, 2015 by edari1 in Political Issues

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