#17Goals– Let us join forces and act together!
Armed conflicts, natural disasters, environmental pollution, global inequalities and poverty are the global challenges of our age. All these problems can no longer be swept under the carpet.
This is why the United Nations have designed an ambitious plan of action for the next 15 years.
On September 25, 2015, the so-called Agenda 2030 was implemented during the world summit of the United Nations in New York. The heads of government from 193 member states endorsed 17 precisely-defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are meant to be put in practice by the international community by 2030. The SDGs are a multidimensional approach, they respect the ecological limitations of our planet and their demands are to be realized in the global South, as well as the global North. As the titel „Transformations of our World“ already suggests, the Agenda wants to initiate extensive and universal changes.
Therefor everybody agrees that the 17 goals can not be realized by the governments themselves.
All in all, there is still a lot to do for Germany to achieve the SDGs. For the implementation of the Agenda 2030 a universal transformation in all areas of life is necessary. Furthermore, a new culture of sustainability is required.
Bundesregierung (2016): Bericht der Bundesregierung zum High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2016. Berlin
It is also clear that a holistic approach is necessary to guaranty crucial steps towards sustainable development. The SDGs integrate all 3 fields of sustainability: the environment, the social life and the economy.
We from Conflictfood support this Agenda wholeheartedly and we want to contribute with our activities to the realization of the goals. For these efforts we were awarded with the iF Social Impact Prize.
Especially the following SDGs play an important role in our everyday work routine:
#SDG 1: No Poverty
Fair and appropriate payment are very important to us. That´s why we support SDG #1.
Primary objective of the Agenda is the eradication of poverty in all its various dimensions.
Especially the fight against „Extreme Poverty“, being the biggest of all global challenges, takes the center stage, because it is the indispensable requirement for all other spheres of sustainable development.
#SDG 2: No Hunger
Due to our intensive partnerships with our agricultural cooperatives, we were able to learn how extremely important the effect from nutrition on our future development is.
Hunger is not only the biggest health risk, but also contributes to flight and displacement, it fosters lack of perspective and violence. The grotesque thing about it is that worldwide enough food is being produced to provide for every human being.
#SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Our consumption is always political. SDG #12 addresses mainly the industrial countries.
In the course of sustainable development, it is absolutely necessary that we respect the ecological limits of our planet. Our consumption habits and production techniques have to change.
#SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
„Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.“
(Baruch de Spinoza)
With this message SDG#16 goes beyond the usual 3 dimensions of sustainability (Social issues, Economy and Environment) and works with the aspects of non-violence and rule of law. In our partnering countries, we from Conflictfood want to achieve successes in exactly these areas.
For the international community, these 17 goals are a real milestone towards sustainable development. For us as a small social Start-up they serve as a guideline to not lose the big picture on our path.