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The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

The Global Goals

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The 17 goals form the core of the Agenda 2030. They balance the economic, social and ecological dimensions of sustainable development, and place the fight against poverty and sustainable development on the same agenda for the first time. Germany and EU member states are also required to implement the Goals on a national basis. In addition, incentives are to be created to encourage non-governmental actors to make an increasingly active contribution to sustainable development. The IB is committed to take on this challenge.

GOAL 1: END POVERTY IN ALL ITS FORMS EVERYWHERE

Despite considerable progress in the fight against poverty since 1990, over 800 million people, 70% of whom are women, still live in extreme poverty. The Sustainable Development Agenda aims to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030.

GOAL 2: END HUNGER, ACHIEVE FOOD SECURITY AND IMPROVED NUTRITION AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Although the situation has improved in numerous countries, many people still suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the world. Undernourishment affects nearly 800 million people worldwide. The aim of the 2030 Agenda is to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition around the world within the next 15 years. In view of the rapidly growing global demand for food, it is estimated that food production worldwide will need to have doubled by 2050. 

GOAL 3: ENSURE HEALTHY LIVES AND PROMOTE WELL-BEING FOR ALL AT ALL AGES

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have made a significant contribution to improving global health, e.g. in the fight against diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. For example, the number of malaria deaths has fallen by 60% since 2000. However, results have failed to meet expectations in many areas, such as reducing child and maternal mortality.

GOAL 4: ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION AND PROMOTE LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

The international community has reaffirmed the importance of education and training in improving the living conditions of individuals, communities and entire societies. Drawing useful lessons from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the sustainable development goal 4 goes beyond children's primary education, highlighting in particular the link between basic education and vocational training. Furthermore, it emphasises equity and quality of education in a life-long learning approach.

GOAL 5: ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY AND EMPOWER ALL WOMEN AND GIRLS

Goal 5 advocates equal opportunities for men and women in economic life, the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls, the elimination of early and forced marriage, and equal participation at all levels.