(A Holiday Reminder) The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The UN site reads: “They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.”

On this #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration which kicks off the charitable season, perhaps focus your holiday and end-of-year giving by keeping the UN goals in sight and helping to make the world a better place by giving back to the planet you live on.

Here are some ways to start and can be interpreted in the most personal of ways in your immediate life:

1) END POVERTY in all its forms everywhere

2) END HUNGER and achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

3) ENSURE HEALTHY LIVES and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

4) ENSURE INCLUSIVE AND EQUITABLE QUALITY EDUCATION and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5) ACHIEVE GENDER EQUALITY and empower all women and girls


7) ENSURE ACCESS to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8) PROMOTE SUSTAINED, INCLUSIVE AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

9) BUILD RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation

10) REDUCE INEQUALITY within and among countries

11) MAKE CITIES AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12) ENSURE SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION and production patterns

13) TAKE URGENT ACTION to combat climate change and its impacts

14) CONSERVE sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15) PROTEST, RESTORE, AND PROMOTE SUSTAINABLE USE of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

16) PROMOTE peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17) STRENGTHEN the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Read more about all the goals in depth here.