Transforming Our World: The United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development to 2030

By: Barbara E. Talley, Education Committee, The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force.

What kind of world do you want? And, most importantly, what are you going to do to help our world? If we truly want change in our world, EVERYONE needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society, and people like YOU!

To improve our world, the United Nations General Assembly issued specific goals and targets for us to achieve by the year 2030. To sustain the development of our world, we must first look at the world as a system—a system that connects space and time.

World as a System

To sustain the development of our world, we must look at the world as a system that connects space and time.

The United Nations set 17 Sustainable Development Goals that will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:

PEOPLE: We must work to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

PLANET: We must work to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

PROSPERITY: We must work to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

PEACE: We must work to foster peaceful, just, and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace, and no peace without sustainable development.

To mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda, we must work to revitalized global partnerships for sustainable development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders, and all people.

Here are our 17 Sustainable Development Goals through 2030:

UN Sustainable Development Goals

UN Goals 1-9

UN Goals 10 - 17

It’s your world. It’s your choice how it will be.

In 2015, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo became an International City of Peace, joining the family of people in over 120 other cities throughout the world that support these United Nations goals.

*About the Author: Mrs. Barbara E. Talley was the former director of the peace center in Southfield, Michigan, USA, and is the founder of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force in that city. In 2010, she visited Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, and inspired the development of area’s peace education program.

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