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#EYD2015: A focus on Sustainable Development and Climate Action

November 16, 2015


Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 2015 is the European Year for Development and it aims to involve EU citizens, especially young people, in the debate about “our world, our dignity, our future” by featuring a different critical issue every month.

November 2015 is dedicated to “Sustainable Development and Climate Action”, as a new global climate agreement is set to be adopted later this month in Paris and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25-27 September  2015.

The Sustainable Development Goals build on the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015.

The MDGs, adopted in 2000, aimed at an array of issues that included eradicating poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation. The new SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, addressing the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development.

It was in the wake of the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by the Heads of State and Government and High Representatives, meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York earlier this year, that AWEPA held an international Parliamentary Seminar on “Peace, Security and Sustainable Development”, which led the unanimous adoption of a Declaration on Peace, Security and Sustainable Development.

The theme for the high level seminar was chosen in light of growing international attention to the role of peace and security in the post-2015 development agenda, and the understanding that peaceful societies are a vital requirement for sustainable development.

The 17 SDGs to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030

1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere


2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all


5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all


8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all


9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation


10. Reduce inequality within and among countries


11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable


12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss


16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels


17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development