Sustainable Development Goals

Many of us have been focused on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) through the lens of Laudato Si this past week. 

This week we look at three additional Sustainable Goals that will be assessed during the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) July 6-15, 2021.

SDG goal three addresses healthy lives and “promotes well-being for all at all ages…Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable growth.”

Sustainable Development Goal 3 - Wikipedia

Health has a central position in SDG three. There are nine targets in this goal. They deal with every health concern we have as people on this planet. Each one of these targets deals with a different aspect of our lives: 

3.1 Reduce maternal mortality
End all preventable deaths under five years of age
Fight against communicable diseases
3.4 Reduce mortality from non-communicable diseases and Promote mental health
3.5Prevent and treat substance abuse
3.6Reduce road injuries and deaths
3.8Universal health coverage
Universal health coverage
3.9Reduce illness and death from hazardous chemicals and pollution.
The BusinessGreen Guide to the SDG8: Decent work and economic growth

“Promotes sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth full and productive employment and decent work for all.” 

Such an important goal as we all try to recover from the Pandemic of 2020.  Reaching this goal will be particularly difficult for the seventy-seven poorest countries in the world.

8.1Annual growth rate of real GDP per capita 
8.4Annual growth rate of real GDP per employed person 
8.5Achievement of full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, Equal pay for work of equal value
8.6Substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training 
8.7By 2025 end child labor in all its forms  
SDG13: Climate action -

A third goal that will be reviewed at the High-Level Political Forum in July will be Goal 13.

SDG Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. 

Below are some of the targets needed to realize this goal. Dominicans on small islands are being interviewed by our intern as to how climate is impacting them and what they need to remain in their homeland.  The outcome of the interviews will be shared upon the completion of this project.

13.1Strengthen resilient and adaptive capacity
13.2Integrate climate measures into national policies, strategies and planning
13.3Improve education, awareness-raising, and human and institutional capacity
13.AFully operationalize the Green Climate Fund
13.BSupport least developed countries, small island developing States

In two weeks we will continue to study more about the SDGs that will be reviewed during the High Level Political Forum.