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Why Sustainable Development Goals Are Important

At Raptim, we put great value in achieving a world in which every living being leads a happy and healthy life.

The importance of sustainable development goals

We love to be the travel partner for all kinds of faith-based, volunteer and non-governmental organizations. Because of our long history, we have witnessed injustice and sorrow on a daily basis throughout the last few decades. What we hope is to see the world in which every person and organization strives to prevent environmental calamities, economic differences, violation of human rights, sub-par education and healthcare to the best of their abilities. That would be a world filled with compassion. This is a vision we share with the United Nations as well as other multitudinous countries across the globe.

On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals under the United Nations supervision to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. These are called the Sustainable Development Goals. Each of these goals consists of targets which should be achieved by each participating country within the next 15 years. Each and every country should be committed and work tirelessly towards achieving the objectives divulged in these goals.

The fields of work as described by the UN are listed below and can roughly be categorized in the following ways. Take a look at their website for a more detailed description of each category.

  • Climate action
    Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and transforming lives. It costs people, communities, and countries dearly today. The implication will even be more tomorrow.
  • Sustainable cities and communities
    Cities are hubs of ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their preeminent, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically. However, many challenges exist in maintaining cities in a state such that they continue to create jobs and prosperity without straining land and resources.
  • Life below water
    The world’s oceans – their temperature, chemistry, currents and life – drive global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.
  • Life on land
    Forests cover 30 percent of the Earth's surface. In addition to providing food security and shelter, forests are essential to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population.  Thirteen million hectares of forests are lost every year. The persistent degradation of drylands has led to the desertification of 3.6 billion hectares.
  • Affordable and clean energy
    Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy by all is essential.
  • No poverty
    Extreme poverty rates have been cut down by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day. There are millions more who make little more than this daily amount. Also, many people risk slipping back into poverty.
  • Decent work and economic growth
    Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
    Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries.
  • Responsible consumption and production
    Sustainable consumption and production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty.
  • Gender equality
    The world has made progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals (including equal access to primary education between girls and boys). In spite of this, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in almost every part of the world.
  • Reduced inequalities within and among countries
    The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty.  The most vulnerable nations – the least developed countries, the landlocked developing countries and the small island developing states – continue to make inroads into poverty reduction.
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
    This sustainable development goal is dedicated to promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.
  • Quality education
    Obtaining a quality education is the foundation for improving people’s lives and having sustainable development. Significant progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools, particularly for women and girls.
  • Zero hunger
    If done right, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes. Also, it will support the people-centred rural development and protect the environment.
  • Good health and well-being
    Entrenching healthy lives and promoting the welfare for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality.
  • Clean water and sanitation
    Clean, accessible water for all is an indispensable part of the world we want to live in. There is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. But due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, every year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene.

One goal isn’t on this list. Goal 17 is described as the necessity of working together. A strong, sustainable development agenda requires intensive partnerships between governments, the private sector, and civil society. We can totally agree with that. We put these goals into action. Not so long ago we committed to sponsor an orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. By doing this, we hope to contribute to the improvement of the lives of vulnerable children.

As a travel management company, we contribute by helping humanitarian organizations. We also initiated a plan which helps to make our planet healthier and more sustainable: by implementing CO2compensation into our organization.  Hopefully, we will reach a milestone in reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. We’re not afraid of investing in the future we want. If you want to learn more about our inspirations, vision, and goals as a travel management company, then browse through our daily updated News & Community section.