Date: September 18, 2015, 2:09 pm




By 2030, we should be living in a better world that is more prosperous and equal, greener and cleaner. This can be achieved through robust policies to combat climate change and use precious resources, like water and energy, more wisely. 

But that is, if world leaders live up to the promise of ambitious development goals to end poverty and hunger, and promote a more sustainable way of life, over the next 15 years.

In July this year leaders met in Addis Ababa for the Financing for Development conference to make financial commitments towards these Global goals.  The outcome document, the “Addis Ababa Action Agenda” offers some hope, but the UN General Assembly in September (25th -27th) offers another opportunity to be more ambitious as the Sustainable Development Goals will be adopted by more than 100 head of states including His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama who be addressing the summit.

For governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and therefore the ambition to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice and fix climate change - will only become a reality if everyone knows about them and leaders feel the pressure of people around the world and especially the media, calling for their implementation.

Action/2015 is one of the world’s largest civil society campaigns made up of over 2000 organisations, networks and coalitions from 150 countries and working closely with many of you already by calling on leaders to commit to implementing the Global Goals. This includes a commitment to: 

  • Walk the Talk: have a clear implementation plan, developed with the active participation of citizens - especially marginalized groups and local communities. 
  • Finance Our Future: ensure sufficient financial flows are made available to deliver all the goals in time. This should include domestic and international funding, meeting existing spending commitments and tackling unfair tax systems.
  • Be Accountable & Transparent: Monitor and communicate your progress on implementing the goals. Parliaments, civil society organization and existing human rights and other existing reporting mechanisms should be central to this process.

The Action/2015 is therefore playing a role by building public pressure to help make sure this happens. Our ambition is to get the goals to the 7 billion people around the world after they are officially launched on the 25th September. 


It is for this reason that ISODEC through the Action 2015 banner wishes to have a dialogue with the media on the SDGs, to help monitor their implementation and progress.

Find below the 17 development goals to be out-doored during the UN General Assembly summit on the 25th September 2015 in New York.

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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

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

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

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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

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

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

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

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

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

Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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

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

Goal 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

Goal 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

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


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