The Global Goals Week 2018 takes place on 22-29 September with events in New York and around the world. The United Nations and partners come together to drive action, raise awareness and hold leaders to account in order to accelerate progress to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To mark this event, SNV joins the online #GlobalGoalsWeek discussion and shares its contribution to sustainable development. 

SNV's primary focus is on ending poverty (SDG1), zero hunger (SDG2), clean water and sanitation (SDG6), and affordable and clean energy (SDG7). We also contribute to SDG5 (gender equality), SDG8 (decent work and economic growth), SDG11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG13 (climate action) and SDG17 (partnerships for the goals). 

SDG1 - No Poverty

In 1990, there were 2 billion people living in extreme poverty. With a reduction to 705 million in 2015, this means that on average, every day in the 25 years between 1990 and 2015, 137,000 fewer people were living in extreme poverty. According to the latest World Bank data, the decline of extreme poverty still continues but has slowed.

SDG2 - Zero Hunger

Overall we see a falling - although variable - trend over the last few decades. The total number of undernourished has been steadily falling. However, over the last few years (2015-2017), the total number increased by around 40 million, reaching 821 million in 2017. The UN FAO have linked this increase in undernourishment in particular to the rising extent of conflict-affected countries and compounded by climate-related factors.

Read more about SNV's contribution to ending hunger and promoting sustainable agriculture:

Bridging the nutrition gap in Cameroon

Uganda poised to become the largest dairy exporter in Africa

Using local expertise - a key to SNV’s success

SAFANSI: Supporting Bangladesh’ commitment to nutrition

SDG6 - Clean water and Sanitation

Although the total number of people without access to sanitation has remained almost constant, the share of the population without access has fallen.

Read more about SNV's contribution to ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all:

Rural sanitation and hygiene: beyond the finish line (SSH4A approach)

Why faecal sludge flows unnoticed

SDG7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Despite population growth, the absolute number of those without electricity access has been declining: from 1.4 billion in 1990 to just over a billion (1.07) in 2014.

Read more about SNV's contribution to reaching last mile markets with decentralised renewable energy:

New report on Results Based Finance for Energy Access

Vietnam is reducing carbon emissions by transforming pig waste into energy

Read more of our blogs to see how SNV is contributing to the SDGs:

SDG5: Rural women pitch their innovative start-up ideas in Binh Thuan

SDG8: Evaluator concludes: SNV’s youth employment approach works

SDG11: Three cities in Bangladesh pave the way for inclusive sanitation services

SDG13: Adapting cocoa farms to a changing climate

SDG17: Voice for Change Partnership