An Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 “Global Goals” with 169 targets between them to make this world a better place to live in. It was spearheaded by the United Nations through participation of its 193 Member States. The global agenda is successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provides a broader development agreement between the states.
An Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 Goals are:

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals

Why Are SDGs Necessary?

SDGs mainly focus on the current pressing human and social needs that would help countries reduce extreme poverty and tends to make sure that our future is well protected. The achievement of SDGs are necessary to:

  1. Protect our people and the planet that we live in;
  2. Help people become healthy and wealthy and to maintain lasting peace and good governance in countries that respect to rule of laws;
  3. Forge partnership between the countries–poor and rich, between the sectors–private and public sectors and the non-government organizations and the likes.

It focuses on 5P’s: (1) People, (2) Planet, (3) Prosperity, (4) Peace and (5) Partnership.

5 Ps of Sustainable Development Goals

Introduction to Sustainable Development Goals (Course by Yuva and Edushala)

Yuva and Edushala along with valuable support from UNFPA developed an introductory course on SDGs. The audience for this course is people who want to learn about SDGs and implement the goal activities at their community and school. The students do not need prior knowledge. Anyone can access this course for free at Udemy.

The course can also be taken at Edushala’s own Learning Management System (Eduware). This enterprise level learning management system by Edushala has a perfect blend of online training solution and management tools for organizations. If you want to try it out then do not hesitate to request a demo.

The course is divided into three sections:

  1. General Introduction. Where you will learn the basic concept about the course. An interesting puppet show is presented in this section along with the 17 goals of SDGs.
  2. Expert Videos. Vijay Thapa from the United Nations Population Fund, Nepal shares his knowledge about the global goals for sustainable development, why they are necessary, the differences between Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals and who are responsible for the achievements of SDGs.
  3. The final section. Where you will go through a simple quiz to test your knowledge on the course. You will also learn about what is more to come related to Sustainable Development Goals and Edushala’s goal in taking learning to the next step i.e. online in Nepal.

After completing the course, the students will be able to associate the 17 SDGs in their own local context – in the community and school. The students can develop an action plan to lead a community-based activity based on one of the SDGs.

If you are one of those who are interested in learning about Sustainable Development Goals then do not hesitate to enroll in this free course today. Also, share it with people who you think might find it interesting. Happy Learning.

Here’s a video to help you get started



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