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Delay to achieve SDGs

Published: 15th Sep, 2023


As per the World Meteorological Organsiation (WMO), the world is far from achieving its climate targets as the Sustainable Development targets (SDGs) deadline of 2030 approaches as extreme weather events threaten its achievement.


About WMO’s warning:

  • Weather-, climate- and water-related sciences can advance aims such as food and water security, clean energy, better health, sustainable oceans and resilient cities.
  • There is a direct link between these sciences and eight SDGs which include
    • SDG (Zero Hunger),
    • SDG 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing),
    • SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation),
    • SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy)
    • SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities),
    • SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14 (Life Below Water) and
    • SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
  • Climate change has been fueling disease outbreaks, WMO says that integrating epidemiology and climate information helps understand and anticipate those diseases sensitive to climate.
  • Over 50 per cent of countries do not have multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWSs).

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a set of 17 interconnected and ambitious goals adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

These goals were designed to address a wide range of global challenges and promote a better, more sustainable future for all by the year 2030. The SDGs cover various dimensions of sustainable development, including economic, social, and environmental aspects.

  • No Poverty: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
  • Zero Hunger: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Good Health and Well-Being: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
  • Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
  • Clean Water and Sanitation: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
  • Affordable and Clean Energy: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.
  • Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.
  • Reduced Inequality: Reduce inequality within and among countries.
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
  • Responsible Consumption and Production: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Climate Action: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • Life Below Water: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.
  • Life on Land: Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
  • Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.
  • Partnerships for the Goals: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

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