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SDG Advocates: Why we should care about the Global Goals

“Wake up, Monsieur le Comte! You have great things to do.” Those are the words, which, uttered by his personal valet every morning, would rouse the celebrated 19th century thinker, Henri de Saint Simon. But for most of us, struggling to wake up in time for school or work, or leaving home at daybreak to reach a far-away well, greatness is not the first thing on our minds.

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UN Calls for harnessing one of the world’s greatest untapped resources – older persons

This year, older persons around the world are celebrating the United Nations International Day of Older Persons, by looking to the future and underscoring their vital role in it. Today, there are 962 million older persons worldwide, who are projected to outnumber youth by 2030, the target date for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is undeniable that global ageing has become a mega-trend that is clearly going to have a significant impact on the road to the achievement of the SDGs, which necessitates the inclusion of older persons and harnessing their untapped potential in the process.

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Heeding the call to end poverty

There is growing consensus among the international community that poverty poses a major challenge to global economic stability. Upon the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Member States committed to end poverty in all its forms and promote shared prosperity by 2030. To renew commitments and show solidarity, the United Nations will commemorate the 2017 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty at UN Headquarters in New York on 17 October.

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The value of water – for our survival, peace and prosperity

Access to safe drinking water can be a matter of life and death. While water covers 71 per cent of the Earth’s surface, only 4 per cent is freshwater and only 0.5 per cent of this water is suitable for human consumption. At the same time, this critical resource for human survival is often undervalued, misused and misallocated, leaving far too many people having to struggle to obtain water for themselves and their families.

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