Our To-do List for 2020
“Our planet is a beautiful place. We can easily forget how much it has to offer because we are constantly being reminded of the challenges we face daily, from inequalities to poverty to climate change. If nothing changes to stop, prevent or reverse these challenges, it will only get worse … We want to preserve the good that exists in people, places and the planet and put an end to issues that takes hope away from us. That is why world leaders came together in 2015 and mobilised the 2030 Agenda: a set of 17 goals for sustainable development.
This matters to each of us because we are all responsible for being a part of the change. Our actions today affect our children tomorrow.”
(170 Daily Actions
, United Nations Office at Geneva, 2019)
The Future Depends on the Present
Every year, we set new personal goals for ourselves, and turn them into a series of to-do lists for the following weeks, days or a certain period of time, so that we can achieve everything we set out to do. Actually, there is a to-do list for the whole world that is set to be completed by 2030. The list includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that concerns the well-being of humanity, with clear targets set for each of the goals. However, as the 2030 Agenda is not legal-binding, it really is down to all the countries to each play their part through relevant policy-making, concrete action plans, execution and reviews, in order for the goals to be effectively met.
In late September 2019, just as the 2030 Agenda was entering its fifth anniversary, world leaders gathered at the United Nations Headquarters to attend the SDG Summit to follow up on the implementation of different goals and present the latest progresses. However, as most nations have yet to establish corresponding measurement and data collection mechanisms, more than half of the targets do not have sufficient data to fully analyse the progress and challenges faced.
In spite of this, in this year’s Vision Voice issues, we will go through the implementation of four of the SDGs, 1. No Poverty, 2. Zero Hunger, 3. Good Health and Well-being, and 4. Quality Education, and what World Vision is doing to help achieve them.
While governments have the responsibility of achieving these grand goals, we as global citizens can also help through small actions we do in our daily lives, and add them to our to-do list for this year. The United Nations’ 170 Daily Actions
recommends the following regarding to eradicating poverty:
Buy fair-trade products to support the sustainable trade system, meaning workers are rewarded fairly for their work.
At birthday parties offer the option to donate money to your chosen charity in replacement of a birthday gift.
Teach a skill or short course at a community centre (computer skills, building a resume, preparing for job interviews).
Sponsor a child so they can have access to food, education, and health.
Volunteer in homeless shelters. Your time can be more valuable than money.
Clean out your pantry. Fill a box with non-perishable foods and donate it to a food bank.