This September, the new sustainable development agenda will be formally adopted by United Nations Member States. With that will come 17 new goals that will focus on achieving the eradication of poverty, ending extreme hunger and tackling climate change, among other global issues.
These new goals are building upon the work already done by the Millennium Development Goals. These are 8 targets the United Nations set out to achieve 15 years ago. They focused on improving areas such as maternal healthcare, addressed environmental sustainability and looked at providing universal education.
Today, 700 million people have been lifted from extreme poverty and 9 in 10 children are able to go to primary school in developing regions because of much of the work done as part of the goals.
This video looks at the what the Millennium Development Goals achieved, the differences that have been made in peoples’ lives since 1990 and highlights the goals that have had the most success.
To find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals and how you can get involved, visit https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment