The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of global goals for fair and sustainable health at every level, from the health of people and our planetary health. SDGs is the keys to changing the world for better solutions for sustainable future for all. The aim is to end poverty, protect our beautiful planet earth and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, now and in the future.
My name is Ussi Abuu, I'm a WildHub Core Community member who is working towards achieving the Conservation Catalyst status. I'm based in Zanzibar, Tanzania, and previously worked at the Tanzania Development Trust as a Mapper. I have also been part of the UN volunteer programme since 2016.
Many countries have yet to understand the difference between the MDGs and the SDGs, the danger is that individual goals may be prioritized without an understanding of the potential positive interactions between goals. MDGs which only target the developing countries. the SDGs apply to all countries whether rich, middle or poor countries. This is great news, we need to develop systems wide understanding of what supports a healthy environment and the art and science of making change. Nature will always be part of our lives, we must stand stronger together and in solidarity to protect and restore nature. Let's me share with you the short story about caterpillars development.
Every success story is also a story of great failure, failure is the highway to success.
A biology teacher was teaching his students how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. He told the students that in the next couple of hours, the butterfly would struggle to come out of the cocoon. But no one should help the butterfly. Then he left. The students were waiting and it happened. The butterfly struggled to get out of the cocoon, and one of the students took pity on it and decided to help the butterfly out of the cocoon against the advice of his teacher. He broke the cocoon to help the butterfly so it didn't have to struggle anymore. But shortly afterwards the butterfly died. When the teacher returned, he was told what happened.
He explained to this student that by helping the butterfly, he had actually killed it because it is a law of nature that the struggle to come out of the cocoon actually helps develop and strengthen its wings. The boy had deprived the butterfly of its struggle and the butterfly died. Apply this same principle to our lives. Nothing worthwhile in life comes without a struggle.
The experience gained from caterpillar development offers an insight into how sustainable development be started.
Why the Sustainable Development Goals Matter
Sustainable Development Goals will continue the fight begun by the Millennium Development Goals against extreme poverty, and add targets relating to inclusiveness and environmental sustainability. But will a new set of goals actually be able to catalyze a shift from business as usual to true sustainable development. We can and must working all together and in solidarity to make our communities more resilient and focus on economic, social and political inclusion, we must make sure that equitable development driven by priority to leave no one behind.
- Millennium Development Goals, which guided global development efforts in the years 2000-2015, the world’s governments are currently negotiating a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030.
- The MDGs focused on ending extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease. The SDGs will continue the fight against extreme poverty, but will add the challenges of ensuring more equitable development and environmental sustainability.