Last week, the United Nations hosted the Sustainable Development Summit, during which they further discussed their Sustainable Development Goals, succeeding the Millennium Development Goals when the latter expire at the end of this year. These new goals shall be in effect until 2030. The 17 goals, displayed in a lively and colorful format with icons representing each issue, have 169 targets nested under them. Through these more specific targets, the UN can monitor global progress on the above goals. The UN Statistical Commission will carry a lot of the weight of the monitoring process. A wide breadth of research, from economics to natural sciences, will need to be undertaken in order to keep up. Participating governments will need to help by allocating resources to this task.
Non-Governmental Organizations will also play a large part. It seems that there is a built-in feature for monitoring international progress, which is goal 17, entitled “Partnerships for the Goals.” The new agenda recognizes the ability of independent actors, such as NGOs and grassroots movements, to provide unbiased, on the ground information and to implement strategies to deal with the issues they observe. Through the Sustainable Development website, organizations and partnerships can register their initiatives and specify to which goals their projects contribute. The website keeps a running track of how many initiatives have been registered.
For our part, IBREA’s mission is particularly associated with and directed towards goals 3, 4, 11, and 16. It is our strong belief that through releasing tension and opening up the mind and body, individuals’ inherent desire for peace naturally follows. For example, we’ve seen through our programs that after just a few months of training in the art of mind/body connection, children began to have more positive associations with those who were different from them. By stretching their bodies, their minds stretched too and they became more tolerant.
Below is the list of goals and specific targets we believe our organization could help advance:
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
3.4. Promote mental health and wellbeing
3.5. Strengthen prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol
3.10. Strengthen the capacity of all countries, particularly developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction, and management of national and global health risks
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all
4.7. Ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciate of cultural diversity and of cultures contribution to sustainable development
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development
16.1 Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere