September 21

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N is for Notable.
Why ?  Because this week is when we should stop thinking at my little town level and start thinking big, thinking sustainable, thinking citizen of the planet level … still don’t know what I’m Nattering on about ?  This is a Notable week, because world leaders will meet in New York, at the United Nations General Assembly 25-27th September to adopt the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  These replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were agreed at the start of the new millennium and which are due to come to an end in December this year.  Never heard of them ?  Then read on…

The MDGs helped governments to develop policies and design overseas aid programmes, while Non-government organisations (NGOs) delivered aid and held the governments to account.  Great advances have been made, but about 1 billion people still live on less than $1.25 a day, more than 800 million people do Not have enough Nutritious food to eat and the earth’s Natural resources are being destroyed.  SDGs could transform the world by 2030.  For those who Save the Children work for, the Next generation, Newborns to teenagers,  these are not Nice to haves, but Necessary changes that Need to be made so they can do more, feel better, live longer in a safer, fairer world.  It will Necessitate the cooperation of all countries to achieve these global goals.

On Thursday, the eve of the UN gathering, events are occurring all around the globe.  Here in the UK, 2015 people holding lights will stand on the millennium bridge in London.  Hopefully not a bridge over troubled water that Night but rather a bridge to “Light the Way” to a better future.  Information about all the Action/2015 events: http://action2015.org/light-the-way/

I’ve Noticed from your comments that links to videos are appreciated, so here are two more I can recommend this week, that provide a little more information about the SDGs in a Nutshell.
“The world’s largest lesson”, is introduced by the youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.  Although designed for children, it’s equally interesting for adults: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ry_9SU0eq9M
No point going half way” is directed by Richard Curtis and features Usain Bolt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdLqiTvFwJk

The SDGs aim to encompass the many different forms of change that are Needed.  Here are Numbers one to six:
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved Nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Note this link if you want more details of these and the others: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics