What is the United Nations doing?
The United Nations mobilised and coordinated governments, businesses and civil society over several years to discuss and agree 17 Goals to transform the world. In 2015, the 193 UN member countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In 2016, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change also came into effect and it's provisions are already included into the SDGs. Relevant UN agencies are coordinating and promoting their adoption and implementation at International and National level. They are also mobilising the media worldwide to inform and educate the general public about the SDGs, and about this unprecedented opportunity to create a better world.
What are Government organisations doing?
At National level, countries have all agreed to promote and support SDGs and to tailor their policies to reflect the SDGs. However, few are yet systematically establishing their SDG action plans or implementing them. The international governmental organisations such as OECD (whose members are the richer, more developed countries) are now starting to mobilise action at National levels. During 2016, 22 countries reported their progress and some countries are beginning to establish or adapt governmental structures to implement more effectively. For example China and Norway have both allocated responsibilities for particular SDGs to relevant Ministries. Columbia has established a special Commission to coordinate SDGs implementation. Germany is including the SDGs into the German National Strategy. The international umbrella member organisations for local governments have also identified specific actions that can be taken at local government level but few cities are yet organised enough to have adopted such measures.
It is therefore necessary for individuals to write to central and local politicians asking what is happening re SDGs in their jurisdictions in order to prod them into taking action and to deliver on the promises made by their National leaders at the UN.
What are the Development agencies doing?
When the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were announced in 2000, the Development agencies' focus for the following 15 years was concentrated solely on the MDGs. Similarly, now that SDGs are agreed, they will now focus on those. SDGs will therefore now remain the focus of all aid and development assistance until 2030. All future aid and development activities will be assessed in relation to their contribution towards the SDGs.
What are Private Sector Corporations doing?
Around 9000 businesses and 3000 other organisations are members of the UN Global Compact. Their Chief Executive Officers have committed to implementing universal sustainability principles and to supporting UN goals. There is therefore, a growing movement of large private sector corporations addressing SDGs as part of their Social Corporate Responsibility (CSR) obligations. There are also some industry led initiatives beginning to be developed.
What are NGOs and other Charities doing?
A number of charities are supporting all of the SDGs or subgroups of SDGs while others take interest in particular individual SDGs. In addition, a few charities and NGOs are trying to mobilise individuals to take action. There is a growing body of concerned citizens who want to do something and individuals now have many options for getting engaged depending upon their particular areas of interest. Some of the main and most active SDGs related charities are shown in the section Wcydo Partners.