Grace Florence Mathew (Grace FM) is a Youth Corps member, but she goes about doing good for nothing in return. Full of talents and skills, she organises lectures, workshops, and seminars through which she imparts those skills to both the young and old for free. She spoke to Sunday Vanguard about her charity works and the difference between Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.
MDGs vs. SDGs
Many years after the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) had been established, debates, consultations, and deliberations were on among stakeholders regarding what, how and why there should be an all round development agenda that will build on the MDGs and to include areas and issues that were not captured in the MDGs. In September 2015, the United Nations eventually established the 17 global goals known as Sustainable Development Goals with 169 targets.
The 17 SDGs
The first goal is poverty eradication, followed by zero hunger tolerance. Then good health and well being must be achieved for all.
Other goals are quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry innovation and infrastructure.
Then, inequality must be reduced. Sustainable cities and communities must be built, and responsible consumption and production has to become a way of life. Other equally important goals of the SDGs are climate action, which has become the bane of our world today; directly related to the climate goal is the preservation of life below water as well as life on land.
Peace and justice, strong institutions, and partnership for the goals complete the 17 SDGs.
The SDGs and Us
The SDGs have come to complete the unfinished business of the MDGs, and Nigeria is not left out in the commitment to completing this unfinished business and achieving success. Our obligation, therefore, is our commitment towards achieving success in this.
If I can make impact in my own little way, then that will help in achieving the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Everyone, everywhere, has a duty to make contributions.