Global Goals

The UN’s Global Goals aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for everyone by 2030. At Sightsavers, we make sure all our work helps to achieve these goals.

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Nearly all the countries in the world have promised to improve the planet and the lives of its citizens by 2030.

They’ve committed themselves to 17 life-changing goals, outlined by the UN in 2015. These Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), include ending extreme poverty, giving people better healthcare, and achieving equality for women.

The aim is for all countries to work together to ensure no one is left behind. You can read about the goals below, and learn how Sightsavers is helping to achieve them.

Watch the video to learn more about the Global Goals.

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1. No poverty

To end poverty, everyone should have basic healthcare, security and education.

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2. Zero hunger

Globally, one in nine people are undernourished. This goal aims to end hunger.

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3. Good health

Ensuring people live healthy lives can cut child mortality and raise life expectancy.

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4. Education

The UN wants everyone to have access to inclusive, equitable quality education.

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5. Gender equality

Gender equality is a human right, and is vital for a peaceful, prosperous world.

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6. Clean water

Clean water protects people from disease, yet three in 10 people lack access to it.

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7. Clean energy

Targets for 2030 include using more renewable, affordable energy.

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8. Economic growth

The aim is for sustainable economic growth and decent employment for all.

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9. Industry and infrastructure

This involves building resilient infrastructure and fostering innovation.

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10. No inequality

The poorest 40 per cent of the population should be able to grow their income faster than average.

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11. Sustainability

The UN wants to increase affordable housing and make settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable.

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12. Responsible consumption

This goal aims to foster eco-friendly production, reduce waste and boost recycling.

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13. Climate action

Urgent action is needed, by regulating emissions and promoting renewable energy.

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14. Life underwater

The aim is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.

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15. Life on land

To stop degradation, we must preserve forest, desert and mountain ecosystems.

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16. Peace & justice

The aim is inclusive societies with strong institutions that provide justice for all.

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17. Partnership

If all countries are to achieve the goals, international cooperation is vital.

Sightsavers and the Global Goals

Much of Sightsavers’ work directly contributes to achieving the Global Goals. For example:

  • We ensure people stay healthy so they can work and support themselves and their families (Goal 1: No poverty)
  • We’re helping to provide eye care in some of the world’s poorest countries  (Goal 3: Good health)
  • Our education programmes aim to ensure every child is able to go to school (Goal 4: Education)
  • We strive to make our programmes gender-equitable, right from the planning stages (Goal 5: Gender equality)
  • We’re working to eliminate neglected tropical diseases by promoting good hygiene (Goal 6: Clean water)
  • Our disability rights campaign promotes equality for people with disabilities (Goal 10: Reduced inequalities)
  • Our work is carried out in partnership with local, national and international organisations (Goal 17: Partnership)

Watch our video to find out about Sightsavers and the Global Goals.

How we’re working towards the Global Goals

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Eliminating diseases

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