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 its' provisions are already incorporated 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 help create a Better World.
What are Government organisations doing?
At National levels, 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 and the UK has spread responsibility across relevant government departments . The international umbrella member organisations for local governments have also identified specific actions that can be taken at local government level but many cities are now beginning to address issues within their areas of responsibility.
It is therefore necessary for individuals to write to National 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 these. SDGs will therefore be 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 which will help Developing Countries to address their problem. Unfortunately that alone will not be enough as US$Trillions will need to be applied annually around the World if the SDGs are to be achieved. Consequently politicians need to be prodded to make funding available and monitored to ensure that the promises made at the UN are fulfilled.
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) or what are now often called Company Sustainability Reports (CSR) obligations. There are also some industry led initiatives beginning to appear. Companies Chief Executives should be contacted and encouraged to address SDGs so that they can see and benefit from the public support for such action.
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 SDG-related charities are shown in the section Wcydo Partners and we encourage our visitors and WCYDo App users to support such organisations by volunteering and / or donations.