The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
The 17 SDGs are integrated —that is, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The oldest members of the millennial generation are on the cusp of moving into their peak labor income, spending, and investment years as they advance professionally.
This generation, expected to account for three-quarters of the global workforce by 2025, is forecast to enjoy a near doubling in its gross income by 2030. Earning power should rise to USD 32trn from USD 18.4trn in 2015, according to analysis from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, based on Euromonitor data.
And in Asia Pacific, the millennial generation is expected to have the largest spending power of any generation ever, with an estimated disposable income of USD 6trn this year according to September 2016 data from Accenture.
So it’s not surprising that the top priorities and challenges for us Millennials is planet, people, prosperity, peace and partnership.
People: We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.
An overwhelming number of Millennials worldwide consider Environmental Protection, addressing Climate Change, Resource Scarcity and Biodiversity loss as their No.1 Priority.
Planet: We are determined 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 are determined 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 are determined 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.
Partnership: We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.
In the light of the Sustainable Development Goals it becomes more and more important to create a common understanding of our current and future global, and local challenges. This understanding should cut right across cultures, identities and personalities and therefore, talking about these issues alone is often not enough. Tangible conversation starters help to create a shared empathy for what the challenges are and what can be done about them.
It is in this respect that the UN declaration of 2020 a decade of action and delivering sustainable development, makes 2020-2030 a purpose driven decade with a task on all and sundry to partner with nature for people planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.