In 2015, the world leaders met at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and made a courageous decision. They developed a plan for people, the planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. They developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This has been called “the world’s most important to-do list” and it displays the direction in which the world should develop in order to become sustainable. The 17 goals expand over social to economical to environmental sectors, and no goal should be prioritized over another. Each country must do what they can to fulfill the laid-out targets, but the goals aren’t just for countries! Companies, organizations and people need to team up in partnerships and work together. The future of the planet is too important to be left to a just few actors. Nordea, Scania and Samsung have realised this and are already working every day to create sustainable innovations which will help achieve the 17 goals, but they want to accelerate the development! This is where ASAP comes in. A partnership program with responsible international companies who wishes to lead the development in the right direction, together with passionate and competent students. Through fruitful partnerships, we will reach the targets and achieve the goals.
Hunger and malnutrition have reduced a lot since 2000, the number of undernourished people has decreased from 15% in 2002 to 11% in 2016. How great isn’t that? Agricultural investments, dietary changes, governmental aid and new technology are some important factors which needs to be combined through strong partnerships in order to reduce the world hunger even more. What specific knowledge can you contribute with?
Reproductive and maternal health, infections disease and mental health are just a few issues connected with good health and well-being. A massive improvement in the mortality rate for children under 5 years has reduced the number of deaths with 44% since 2000. Wow! Countries and companies like Samsung are working to improve good health and well-being even more. How does these issues affect your life and where can you see room for improvement?
In many countries, almost all children go to school (94% of all children in total are enrolled in primary education!), while it’s a privileged for the wealthy in some countries. People with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas are especially lacking quality education. What is good quality education for you?
Women and girls worldwide are being deprived of their rights. Child marriage, female genital mutilation and sexual harassments are declining, but definitely not fast enough. In 2000, about 1 in 3 women between 20-24 were married before they turned 18. Around 2015, the ratio had shifted to 1 in 4, but the decline was driven by a much steeper reduction in the marriage rate among girls under 15. Where can you see signs of gender inequality in your life and what actions should you take to speed up the process?
In 2015, over 90% of the world’s population used improved drinking water and about 70% used improved sanitation facilities – that’s really good! But, there are still people who lack clean water, especially in rural areas. What do you think is the biggest change needed in order to achieve 100% clean water and sanitation?
From 2012 to 2014, the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption grew from 17.9 to 18.3%, a small but still positive change. Higher level of financing and bolder policy commitments are needed for this goal to be achieved, and it is needed now. Scania are trying to do their part and they need help, what can you contribute with?
The number of children how are working has declined from 246 million in 2000 to 168 million in 2012 and the average annual growth rate of real GDP per capita has increased from 0.9 % in 2005-2009 to 1.6 % in 2010-2015. That’s really good! But, there are still a lot of work to do in order to achieve decent work conditions together with economic growth. Nordea are working to make a positive contribution, but how can your savings support the change?
All the 10 largest manufacturing countries have had a decrease in emissions of carbon dioxide per unit of manufacturing value added, Europe and Northern America reduced their emissions intensity by 36% from 2000 to 2014. That is really good! But, some production have unfortunately moved to less developed countries instead, creating more emissions there. What policies to you think need to change to get rid of this problem?
Inequality within and among countries are still strong, but some improvements have happened. The International Monetary Fund has increased the share of developing countries’ vote to 37% in 2016, from 33% in 2010. But, developing countries still represent 74% in membership. Where can you see inequalities in your every-day life?
Urbanization is putting great pressure on cities all over the world. In May 2017, 149 countries were developing national-level urban policies, but there is still much work to do. In 2014, 9 of 10 people who lived in cities didn’t have air quality which met the WHO safety standards. What do you think are the biggest challenges, and opportunities, brought by urbanization?
Economic growth must be decoupled from natural resources in order to achieve a sustainable development. Unfortunately, the world’s consumption is increasing rather than decreasing. Where in your life can you see signs of this and what positive changes can you make?
Increasing impacts of climate change and pollutions are affecting the oceans and seas negatively. The proportion of world marine fish stocks within biologically sustainable levels has declined from 90% in 1974 to 68.6% in 2013. But the trend appears to have stabilized! And that’s good news. Can you contribute to achieving the goal with dietary or consumer changes?
Deforestation is slowing down and there have been many improvements in protecting areas important for biodiversity, about 15% of land is currently protected. That’s is a lot more than before! But, serious concerns still remain with a loss of biodiversity in an alarming rate. Can you see examples of positive changes in land management in your home region?
Homicides have declined and more people around the world have better access to justice, the progress is definitely going in the right direction. At the same time, some violent conflicts are still creating large numbers of casualties. What is according to you the most important factor in achieving worldwide peace and justice?