At AIS we are fully committed to the 2030 sustainability goals. Specifically with the following:
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Over the past 15 years, reproductive, maternal and child health have improved greatly. The incidence of communicable diseases has declined, as have premature deaths from non-communicable diseases. Health services have been upgraded through better maternal and reproductive care, targeted disease elimination and control programs, including broader treatment and vaccination coverage, and increased funding to support medical research and basic health in developing countries. To meet the 2030 targets, however, these interventions need to be expanded, particularly in regions with the highest burden of disease.
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote
lifelong learning opportunities for all
Quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all are central to ensuring a full and productive life to all individuals and to the realization of sustainable development. Despite considerable progress in school enrollment, millions of children remain out of school, especially where educational systems struggle to keep up with population growth. Even when more children are enrolled, many do not acquire the basic skills. Quality education is hampered by the lack of trained teachers and adequate school facilities. Achieving this Goal will require intensified efforts, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, targeted to vulnerable populations, specifically persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugees and the rural poor.
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Gender equality and women’s empowerment have advanced in recent decades. Progress in enrollment at all education levels has been observed, yet wide gender disparities exist in some regions and countries at higher education levels. Maternal mortality has declined and skilled care during delivery has increased. Progress has been made in the area of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. Childbearing among adolescents has decreased. However, gender inequality persists worldwide, depriving women and girls of their basic rights and opportunities. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will require more vigorous efforts, including legal frameworks, to counter deeply rooted gender-based discrimination that often results from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms.
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Climate change is already having a profound and alarming impact worldwide. Global temperatures continued to increase in 2016, setting a new record of about 1.1 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial period. The extent of global sea ice fell to 4.14 million square kilometres in 2016, the second lowest on record. Atmospheric CO2 levels reached 400 parts per million. Drought conditions predominated across much of the globe, influenced by the El Niño phenomenon. In addition to rising sea levels and global temperatures, extreme weather events are becoming more common and natural habitats such as coral reefs are declining. These changes affect people everywhere, but disproportionately harm the poorest and the most vulnerable. Concerted action is urgently needed to stem climate change and strengthen resilience to pervasive and ever-increasing climate-related hazards.
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable
Progress in promoting peace and justice, and in building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions remains uneven across and within regions. Homicides are slowly declining, and more citizens around the world have better access to justice. However, violent conflicts have increased in recent years, and a number of high-intensity armed conflicts are causing large numbers of civilian casualties and driving millions of people from their homes. Disparities abound: data show that countries with higher income inequality suffer from higher levels of violence. Poorer countries and regions tend to be sources of victims for human traffickers and are more prone to corruption. In response, legal frameworks and institutions are being put in place— for example, on access to information and human rights promotion—but implementation does not always follow suit.
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global
Partnership for Sustainable Development
A stronger commitment to partnership and cooperation is needed to achieve the SDGs. Attaining the Goals will require coherent policies, an enabling environment for sustainable development at all levels and by all actors, and a reinvigorated Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. Towards this end, United Nations Member States have identified the following areas as critical: resource mobilization, technology, capacity-building, trade, policy and institutional coherence, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and data, monitoring and accountability. Meeting the means of implementation targets is key to realizing the Agenda for Sustainable Development, as is the full implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. Incremental progress has been made in these areas, but more is needed.
About the Goals:
Since the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment the reach of
sustainable development governance has expanded considerably at local,
national, regional and international levels. The need for the integration of
economic development, natural resources management and protection and
social equity and inclusion was introduced for the first time by the 1987
Brundtland Report (Our Common Future), and was central in framing the
discussions at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and
Development (UNCED) also known as the Earth Summit. In 1993 the General
Assembly established the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), as
the United Nations high level political body entrusted with the monitoring and
promotion of the implementation of the Rio outcomes, including Agenda 21.
The 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development advanced the
mainstreaming of the three dimensions of sustainable development in
development policies at all levels through the adoption of the Johannesburg
Plan of Implementation (JPOI).
A process was created for discussing issues pertaining to the sustainable
development of small island developing States resulting in two important action
plans - Barbados Plan of Action and Mauritius Strategy. The Third International
Conference on Small Island Developing States, which was held in 2014, took
these processes forward and provided the SAMOA Pathway.
In 2012 at the Rio+20 Conference, the international community decided to
establish a High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to
subsequently replace the Commission on Sustainable Development. The Highlevel
Political Forum on Sustainable Development held its first meeting on 24
September 2013. At the Rio+20 Conference, Member States also decided to
launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
which were to build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with
the post 2015 development agenda.
The process of arriving at the post 2015 development agenda was Member
State-led with broad participation from Major Groups and other civil society
stakeholders. On 25 September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly
formally adopted the universal, integrated and transformative 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development, along with a set of 17 Sustainable Development
Goals and 169 associated targets.