SolidarMed and the SDGs
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a compass for SolidarMed's projects.
The UN wants to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030. SolidarMed also contributes to this with its projects. Meeting the goals will not be easy.
Poverty, hunger, epidemics, lack of education: From 2000 to 2015, the United Nations' so-called Millennium Development Goals determined the global measures to address urgent problems in the global South. For example, child mortality has been halved since 1990.
These goals were superseded by the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which define the 2030 Agenda. Unlike the previous goals, the SDGs adopted in 2012 at the Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro apply not only to the global South, but to the entire community of nations. With the total of 17 universal goals, the United Nations wants to tackle the urgent ecological, political and economic challenges.
What is special about the new goals is that they are interwoven and influence each other. Improving access to health care helps fight poverty. Managing resources sustainably also serves to promote peace in a roundabout way.
SolidarMed also works within the framework of the SDGs: they are an important and relevant response to the challenges of the global world community. SolidarMed does not align its projects exclusively with the goals. Projects were already multisectoral before the SDGs. The programs are based on need and effectiveness.
Contribution to various goals
The SDGs are a shared vision. However, clearly defined indicators for monitoring are lacking in many places. The strength of the SDGs, namely the very broad and interlinked objectives, is thus turned into a weakness due to the lack of verifiability. The political will to really want to achieve the SDGs is also lacking in many places.
Not so at SolidarMed. The SDGs confirm our target framework and help us to position ourselves for the future. They have also triggered a thought process and stimulate project development. However, SolidarMed is not only active in Goal No. 3 "Health and well-being". Through its work, SolidarMed also contributes to the achievement of a total of thirteen of the 17 goals, such as "Gender Equality" or "Quality Education".