If not now, when
If not you, then who?
These were the words that introduced me to the second most amazing weekend in the month of April. This is one of the many posts I have looked forward to sharing in recent times. I had a beautiful weekend in the city of Harnosand with students from different universities in Sweden; all with a singular interest – SUSTAINABILITY. So, join me on this exciting ride as I give you the details to some of the things we discussed and who knows, you might just become interested in acheiving the SDGs like me:)
I got to Harnosand on Friday (five hours train ride from Stockholm), It was a very nice trip but on a wrong day; In Stockholm, it was 20degrees, looking a whole lot like summer (first time ever since I got here!), and in Harnosand, the lake was still half-frozen! Good thing I had a nice dinner and a very comfortable bed waiting for me upon my arrival (In other words, I had no worries…lool).
Let’s get the ball rolling….*insert drumroll*
Before the whole world caught the “SDG bug”, there were MDGs.MDGs refer to Millenium Development Goals. What’s the super big difference between the two set of goals? For me, the major difference is that SDGs involve everyone. The MDGs literally sounded like problems of the developing countries and then one goal was set aside for the developed countries to assist the developing countries in acheiving the targets (forgive my ‘astute’ description, lol). Another interesting thing is that the MDGs can be referred to as average goals. You would agree with me that if you read the targets of the SDGs, they are pretty ambitious and heck, who would not loooove to reach for the stars:)
During the summit, before we dived into the SDGs, we talked about development cooperation and mentioned various actors involved in that. It was a general consensus to conclude that all the actors involved in development cooperation signify the main groups needed to take action to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Take a look at our list below:
As an energy engineer, goal 7 is what my master’s degree AT KTH aims at achieving with other like-minded individuals in my field of study. However, all the goals are inter-connected and in this summit, we extensively discussed goals 1,5,12 and 17.
- Goal 1 – No poverty
- Goal 5 – Gender equality
- Goal12-Responsible consumption and production
- Goal17-partnership for the goals
Anyone who lives with the possession of less than 1.9USD in a day is living under extreme poverty. Different corporations use different analysis tool to determine the average number of persons in various countries in this category. We discussed some aspects that contribute to poverty and make it difficult for people to escape poverty. They include:
- opportunities and choice. For example, education
- power and voice: one can categorise gender, modern slavery, human rights in this factor
To summarise our discussion in a sentence, gender equality is a matter of fact and not fight when it comes to these three aspects:
We spoke extensively on this goal and came to the conclusion that all other goals were linked to this. Most importantly, this goal cannot be achieved except everyone in the world understands that they have a role to play and start working towards it.
This post is becoming a very long one full of important sustainability details. I do not want you to miss out on any important details by just scrolling through(haha!) So, watch out for the next post. You know how everyone saves the best for the last? Certainly doing that right now!
However, just not to leave you in suspense, think about this:
Total Aid spending by the OECD countries is pegged at $135bn and the aid needed for achieving the SDGs is estimated to be $4000bn. This certainly means one thing-
**BUSINESS AS USUAL WILL GET US NOWHERE**