What Are the SDGs and Why Do They Matter to African Students?

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been on every organization’s radar in the last few years. If you have been paying attention, you have probably seen the SDG acronym more than a few times. But what exactly are the Sustainable Development Goals and what do they have to do with African students? Keep reading to find out. 

The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives drafted and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. These objectives address the most important issues in our world today including climate change, poverty, and disease. 

The SDGs serve as a roadmap that will help governments and organizations across the globe to create a more sustainable and prosperous future by the year 2030. The SDGs are built upon the Millennium Development Goals, an earlier set of eight objectives adopted by the UN in 2000 with the aim of reducing poverty, increasing access to basic education, promoting gender equality, among other aims. 

Below is a table showing all the Sustainable Development Goals: 

(1) No poverty (6) Clean Water and Sanitation (11) Sustainable Cities and Communities (16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
(2) No Hunger (7) Affordable and Clean Energy (12) Responsible Consumption and Production  (17) Partnerships for the Goals
(3) Good Health  (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth (13) Climate Action
(4) Quality Education (9) Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure (14) Life Below Water
(5) Gender Equality (10) Reduced Inequality  (15) Life on Land

 

The Importance of SDGs

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important in the world today for several reasons. First, the world has become increasingly connected. Unlike centuries ago when people could exist in complete isolation without ever meeting or influencing each other,

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