Global Development Goals

On September 25th 2015, 193 world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to adopt a new sustainable development agenda and a new global agreement on climate change. The actions taken in 2015 are expected to result in new sustainable development goals that build on the eight Millennium Development Goals.

The SDGs includes 17 goals and 169 targets relating to future international development. They cover a wide range of development issues, ranging from ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, enhancing community resilience, combating climate change, and protecting the environment.

What are the proposed SDGs?

1.     End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2.     End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture

3.     Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages

4.     Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5.     Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6.     Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7.     Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

8.     Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

9.     Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation

10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the UNFCCC forum)

14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss

16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Eight Goals for 2015

The MDGs in The Gambia

The MDGs are relevant to The Gambia’s development context as they set clear targets for reducing poverty, hunger, illiteracy, disease, discrimination against women and environmental degradation as well as requisite global partnerships in support of such efforts. In effect, the objectives and pillars of the PAGE are very much correlated with the MDGs.

The Government of The Gambia, at the highest levels, has committed itself to integrating the MDGs into its planning processes. The Programme for Accelerated Growth and Employment (PAGE)is the main interface between the Government and The Gambia’s development partners and is fully aligned with the MDGs and is a medium term strategic plan leading to a developed and prosperous Gambia. The focus of PAGE is to accelerate pro-poor growth and generate employment.