Sustainable development Goals

Sustainable development Goals

June 06, 2016

Sustainable development Goals

The United Nations (UN) has outlined a work-plan: 17 points to help guide the development of and initiate a true “sustainable transformation” worldwide.

In principle they were the “Millennium Development Goals”: the members of the UN which met in New York in September 2000 adopted the Millennium Declaration, committing themselves to an active collaboration aimed at reducing extreme poverty and defining eight specific objectives to be met within 2015. An unprecedented effort to meet the needs of the weakest among us and to guarantee the entire world population the opportunity to grow in full respect towards everyone. This commitment continues today thanks to a new and increasingly ambitious series of objectives, 17 in all, established in order to “transform the world”.

Transformation That is Possible
“Eradicating poverty in all of its forms and dimensions is the world’s greatest challenge and is a fundamental requirement for sustainable development.” Thus reads the introduction to the UN document which describes the 15-year commitment (2015-2030) to transforming the current state of the world through 17 specific points, each one subdivided in turn for a total of 169 practical and well-defined objectives. In this “collective journey” no one will be left behind and all of the participating countries and participating investors will collaborate with one another closely in order to achieve results, working on concrete initiatives which focus on people, the planet, and guaranteeing prosperity. Despite being defined as single points, the 17 objectives established in order to guide this journey are actually extremely interconnected with one another and take into consideration the three primary dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental.

360 Degrees of Development
Even though it is impossible to describe in just a few lines a project as broad and complicated as that presented by the UN last year, it is worthwhile to list the topics covered by the 17 points so as to better understand how extensive the scope of their action is.
Here they are in order:
1. poverty;
2. hunger;
3. health and well-being;
4. quality education;
5. gender equality;
6. clean water and sanitization;
7. clean and affordable energy;
8. employment and economic growth;
9. industry, innovation, and infrastructure;
10. inequality among nations;
11. sustainable cities and communities;
12. responsible consumption and production;
13. climate change;
14. aquatic life;
15. terrestrial life;
16. peace, justice, strong institutions;
17. collaboration in order to achieve objectives.

Objectives and Common Ambitions
BCFN’s mission can be perfectly integrated within the global project promoted by the United Nations in order to transform the world and guarantee sustainable development. In fact, the three paradoxes which guide the work of BCFN experts, despite using different terms, describe the issues identified in the 17 points of the UN document: people, the planet, prosperity, peace, and international collaboration. Resolving the first paradox – which highlights the risks related to obesity and malnutrition – entails, in a certain sense, working towards the UN’s objectives regarding hunger, poverty, health, and well-being, and touching also upon quality education and gender equality. The second paradox – which calls attention to sustainable agriculture – is related to the UN objectives regarding water, energy, employment, economic growth, and much more. Lastly, the third paradox – which refers to food waste – like UN objective number 12, aims towards more sustainable consumption and production. Common objectives, therefore, achievable only through a joint effort and through constructive collaboration among all of the European states as well as the involvement of individual people in one single project: transforming the world in order to make it fairer and more sustainable for everyone.

Food, People, and Planet
In 2013, after years of research on the causes and implications of the world food paradoxes, the Milan Protocol was created by the BCFN Foundation: an ambitious project put together to help combat hunger, obesity, food waste, and the exploitation of our land. The Protocol paved the way for the creation of the Milan Charter, a document full of policies created to ensure a more sustainable future and which is the legacy of Expo Milano 2015. In 2015 the Youth Manifesto compiled concrete proposals for future politicians, farmers, activists, educators, entrepreneurs in the food industry, journalists, and researchers to help contribute to a more sustainable future for our food and nutrition.


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