The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.
The SDGs are a continuation of the work of the Millienium Development Goals started in 2000 and establish measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.
Looking at the 17 goals it is clear that geography and the work of geographers has an important role to play in the achievement of these goals and this is why the GSI has chosen to focus on this relationship for GEOWEEK 2018.
For the next few weeks we will feature blog posts from geographers that focus on how their work intersects with the themes and goals of sustainable development. If you would like to submit a post please check here for more details.
Ireland has developed 'The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 - 2020' in direct response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As part of our GeoWeek activities we are running a conference 'Geography and the SDG's' to create a stakeholder forum for geographers across the state to explore ways to achieve the SDG's.
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