- Focus of goals: The SDGs are designed to be more universal, comprehensive and inclusive bring new focuses such as human rights and good governance, income inequality within countries and participatory decision-making processes.
- Zero-goals: Unlike the MDGs, which were designed to get us halfway, the SDGs are intended to bring hunger, poverty, preventable child deaths and other goals to a statistical zero.
- Funding: As opposed to MDG aid flows, which did not materialize as envisioned, SDGs rely on sustainable economic development within countries to address social challenges.
- Peace-building: The SDGs are broadening the scope to include peace-building, which is now seen as linked closely to eradicating extreme poverty.
- Data: Where the MGDs did not address monitoring, evaluation or accountability, the SDGs aim to collect quality nation-specific data in a number of categories by 2020.
- Education: By focusing on quality education instead of quantity, the SDGs aim to increase participation and efficacy, especially for young people.
The SDGs and the UN’s development agenda are tied closely to GHR’s funding goals and priorities, especially the Inter-Religious Action and Children In Families Initiatives. To learn more about how GHR is working towards the Sustainable Development Goals, contact us.