The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals
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#3 Good Health & Well-Being
Director: Kerry Walker
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues." (United Nations)
#1 No Poverty
Director: Lea charon-duhamel
"Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount, plus many people risk slipping back into poverty.
Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality." (United Nations)
#13 Climate Action
Director: Abby Lu
Climate Change is an increasing problem that has plagued the world for decades. The UN has been creating actions in order to decrease the world's carbon footprint by creating treaties such as Paris Agreement as well as the UNFCCC. With the ever increasing problem still rising, challenges such as the USA pulling out of major climate change treaties, makes this goal particularly contentious. The race to creating a sustainable solution is needed more than ever. This committee will be focusing on ways of combating climate change and finding possible solutions for it.
#8 Decent Work & Economic Growth
Director: Isaac laroy
"Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.
A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. . The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population." (United Nations)
#16 Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
Director: Julius Mayer
Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.