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The 2030 Agenda: 17 goals to reshape the future of our planet

The 2030 Agenda

A plan of action consisting of 17 goals and signed by 193 countries: these are the numbers behind the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the most important global agreement in terms of reshaping our planet's future. Signed on 25 September 2015, the Agenda’s goals address all aspects of sustainable development – economic, social and ecological. To ensure success, the Agenda1 lays out intermediate goals, as well as the final results that countries are committed to achieving by 2030.

The 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda

  • As agreed by all 193 signatories – of which of course Italy is a part – the first goal is to eradicate poverty, to ensure that no one is forced to live on less than US$1.25 a day.
  • The second goal is to eliminate extreme hunger, by improving agricultural productivity for example.
  • The third goal regards health and well-being and commits the Agenda 2030 signatories in cutting maternal mortality rates and ending the many epidemics, aside from Covid-19, that plague poorer countries.
  • Goals 4 and 5 address quality education and gender equality. As the Agenda makes clear, the latter aims to "end all discrimination against women and girls all over the world".
  • The sixth goal aims to improve water quality and sanitation.
  • The seventh commits signatories to producing clean energy, lowering prices to ensure that it is accessible to all, whilst cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Goal number 8 is titled “Decent work and economic growth," and is tightly tied to the next three goals: "Industry, innovation and infrastructure," "Reduced inequalities," and "Sustainable cities and communities". The common end result is creating fairer societies in which everyone can reach their potential.
  • However, in order to succeed, the planet must be made a safer place, via more sustainable consumption and production (goal 12), action against climate change (goal 13) and the protection of life both underwater and on land (goals 14 and 15).
  • The sixteenth goal addresses respect for human rights, which should be the cornerstone of any just and peaceful society.
  • The Agenda closes with a commitment from all countries to cooperate with each other to reach these vital milestones together.

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Article by the editorial staff of NonSprecare

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