The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the eight anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000. While progress has been made on the MDGs, the indignity of poverty has yet to be ended for all. The SDGs, and the broader sustainability agenda, go much further than the MDGs, and their understanding should be a prerequisite, not only for those involved with development and humanitarian causes but for all development actors; including all members of society. For the goals to be achieved, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you (UN, 2016). This is why, raising awareness on the subject is necessary in order to know how, where and why to act.
In pursuance of this objective, the Institute of Strategic Communications, with the help of the partners of the World Solidarity Forum , was happy to bring you a discussion on the UN’s Post 2015 Agenda. The event was divided into two parts: an introduction by Dr. Roberto Ridolfi – Director for Sustainable Growth and Development at DG DEVCO (EuropeAid) and a more in-depth analysis on how charities/development organisations can make environmental sustainability and climate change part of their programmes by Ms. Shamila Mahmood – an International Law and Development expert.