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:
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:
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: