What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of global priorities for ensuring that economic, environmental, social and cultural wellbeing is achieved for everyone around the world. They are ambitious goals for governments across the world to achieve, but there is a lot we can do at school and at home to support them.
Who decided on the goals?
In 2000 the UN agreed eight Millennium Development Goals with the aim to work towards tackling issues of the time – extreme poverty, education, gender equality, child mortality, maternal health, AIDS /HIV and other diseases, environmental issues and global partnerships. Some of the goals were met, like to halve the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day, but to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger is far from being achieved - 800 million people still live in extreme poverty! Therefore, new goals were developed. In 2015, after consulting millions of people and organisations across the world, the final decision about what the goals would be was made by the governments of the United Nations.
Why are the goals important?
The goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet and try to make sure that everyone around the world is living comfortably. All very important and worthwhile goals to work towards! Each goal has specific targets for governments to achieve over the next 14 years. In schools, we can help to support the meeting of these targets.
How can you play your part in achieving these goals?
In your school we know you already do lots of excellent work to make the world clean, green and more sustainable! We are going to ask you to make links between your Eco-Schools projects and one of the Sustainable Development Goals so you will be able to record, monitor and evaluate your progress in helping achieve these goals.
What shall we do now?
Explore the Sustainable Development Goals by clicking on the icons below. You will find lots of additional information about each goal, along with possible learning activities, curricular links and additional resources. Decide which goal most suits the work you will be doing in your school and think about how your work locally links to what is being done globally.
You can find out how our work across Keep Scotland Beautiful contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals.