The UN Has 17 Sustainable Goals To Help Us All Work Toward World PeaceSeptember 21, 2016
The United Nations has a set of 17 core goals for sustainable development. In honor of International Day of Peace, we broke them down step by step. There's a long way to go on each of them. But don't worry, there's good news, too.
Facts and images from United Nations Development Programs.
1. NO POVERTY
More than 800 million people live on less than $1.25 a day.
2. ZERO HUNGER
An estimated 795 million people were chronically undernourished in 2014, and 90 million children younger than 5 years old were significantly underweight.
3. GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Preventable deaths of children are down by more than half since 1990, but 16,000 children worldwide still die every day from preventable diseases like measles and tuberculosis.
4. QUALITY EDUCATION
The number of children out of school has dropped by almost half since 2000, and there are far more girls with access to education than before.
5. GENDER EQUALITY
Sexual and domestic violence, unequal pay, and discrimination in (and out) of the workplace still prevent gender equality worldwide.
6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Water is scarce for more than 40 percent of people around the world, and climate change is expected to make that number climb.
7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
About 1 in 5 people worldwide still don't have access to electricity, but there has been significant growth since 1990. As more people use electricity, the increase in greenhouse gasses continues to grow and contribute to climate change.
8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
The global economy is growing, but the growth has slowed and inequality is on the rise.
9. INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
More than half the world's population now lives in cities, which makes infrastructure, including energy and public transportation, more important than ever.
10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES
Income inequality is rising. The wealthiest 10 percent of the world's population earn 40 percent of the global income.
11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Cities, and especially "mega-cities" (cities with 10 million people or more), have been growing rapidly. This results in added pressure to improve the conditions and environmental effects of cities around the world.
12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Wasteful consumption habits have serious long-term economic and ecological repercussions.
The good news: Major fashion brands are investing in recycled clothing.
13. CLIMATE ACTION
Higher levels of carbon dioxide, warmer global temperatures, and increases in natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding caused by climate change continue to take a massive global toll.
14. LIFE BELOW WATER
Littering and growing levels of greenhouse gasses are harming the crucial ecosystems of our oceans.
15. LIFE ON LAND
Drought, air and water pollution, deforestation and poaching combine to put the land that humans rely on at risk.
16. PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONS
"Without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law — we cannot hope for sustainable development." - United Nations Development Programs
17. PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
The U.N. works with partners ranging from national governments to nonprofits and private sector businesses. See more about how they work in tandem to achieve these goals.