The 2030 Agenda: An instruction manual for a sustainable future

  • 2022-05-13
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How do we want to live in the year 2030?

No more poverty, a balanced climate, fair working conditions, intact ecosystems ... There are many visions of a better future – and many individuals and institutions working towards them. But we have still not achieved enough. So, what do we have to change?

The 2030 Agenda was the first to define crucial global challenges and to show the international community a way of solving them by the year 2030, so that coming generations will have a chance of a fulfilled life.

We can be the first generation that ends poverty and the last one that can take steps to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General from 2007 to 201

An Introduction to the Global Goals (German) | Global Goals

An Introduction to the Global Goals (German) | Global Goals
An Introduction to the Global Goals (German) | Global Goals ©

UNITED NATIONS: “THE FUTURE THAT WE WANT”

For many years, the international community has been looking for answers on how to create economic growth in a socially just and environmentally safe way. But all previous approaches fell short. They were not comprehensive enough, neglected certain connections and laid an emphasis on activities in developing countries. In September 2015, the United Nations’ General Assembly finally adopted the 2030 Agenda, an agreement of all 193 member states which includes  and 169 subgoals. It has been effective since 1 January 2016 and serves as a kind of instruction manual for a better world.

PEOPLE, PLANET, PROSPERITY, PEACE AND PARTNERSHIP

With this agreement, the international community achieved something great: a plan for all people in all countries, aiming to create sustainable development including all of its social, ecological an economic aspects. The Agenda names five dimensions that need to be equally addressed: the people, the planet, prosperity and peace and a global partnership (the five Ps). The ultimate vision of the 2030 Agenda is a healthy mankind, living in a peaceful, fair society and a sound environment – everywhere in the world.

Germany is a developing country, too

Seen from this perspective, all countries of the world are developing countries, from the poorest to the industrial nations. Because in many industrial countries, resources are wasted and violence and inequality abound. The causes of many global problems lie here: climate change, unfair trade conditions, the pollution of the oceans and many more. The Agenda follows a universal approach: All countries have to bear responsibility for its success together. The 17 goals can only be reached in global partnership.

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Leave no one behind

Leave no one behind
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How does this concern the Alumniportal Deutschland?

The majority of the Alumniportal Deutschland’s 150,000 members have had an opportunity to learn and work in foreign countries. They live all over the globe and work in a wide range of professions and fields of expertise. There are young graduates, experienced executives, teachers, engineers, artists or emeritus professors – the variety of their biographies and skills is impressive. With the Alumniportal, we would like to enable partnerships and cooperation projects, to inform and inspire. Our aim is to promote the 2030 Agenda and show that every individual is called upon to make a contribution.

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