What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development goals constitute a call for action by all countries. These goals are an expansion to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and they were agreed by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in September 2015. These goals constitute a target to be achieved by 2030 and they were meant to tackle the huge challenges that our world is facing today including poverty, health, climate change, and various forms of inequality.
There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals with 169 associated targets. These goals and targets are integrated and indivisible in order not to leave no one behind. This means that these goals are interconnected and they cannot be dealt in isolation. Read more about the SDGs here.
Why are SDGs important for WAGGG’S?
In the same way that the United Nations does not want to leave “no one behind”, WAGGGS wants to contribute to make SDGs a reality to ensure that “All girls are valued and take action to change the world”. Thus, despite the progress towards gender equality, girls and women continue to be disproportionately affected by poverty, injustice, violence, disease, discrimination and a lack of access to resources. By working to achieve the SDGs, we want to put the girls, who are often the last on the agenda, to be the first.
Every one of the 17 goals is equally important, and each must be addressed to help create a better world. However, we encourage our Member Organisations to work on the Global Goals most appropriate to their national context and more importantly that are most relevant for their members.
We know our organisation has particular areas of expertise and priority. We are the girl experts, the leadership development experts and the non-formal education experts. Our research and work focuses on girls’ rights and opportunities. To reflect this, WAGGGS has developed its own framework of themes that we will, at a global level, focus our energy, programming and advocacy on to create the world we want to see for girls.
These areas are - Every girl:
- Is healthy and thriving
- Is safe and respected
- Can develop skills and have opportunities
- Can enjoy and inherit a liveable planet
- Can raise her voice and be heard
Our focus until 2030 is to support your work towards meeting the SDGs. To act as brokers, facilitators, and curators to facilitate sharing and partnerships around the SDGs rather than creating a standalone programme.
Discover more about WAGGGs position on the SDGs here.
Supporting our Member Organisations
In the same way WAGGGS has put the SDGs at the heart of its work, WAGGGS encourages Member Organisations to work on the Global Goals. Especially, on those goals that are most appropriate to their national context and more importantly that are most relevant for their members. Our focus until 2030 is to support your work towards meeting the SDGs. To act as brokers, facilitators, and curators to facilitate sharing and partnerships around the SDGs rather than creating a standalone programme.
WAGGGS’ Member Organisations can give girls need the tools and the space to do so.Girls are experts on their needs and lived experience and their contribution is vital to the success of the SDGs. Member Organisations are welcome to follow WAGGGS’ SDG framework in their own planning, however, WAGGGS recommends listening to young members, giving them the opportunity to learn about and take action on issues in their communities and lives that they are affected by and are passionate about. Member Organisations, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have been taking action to achieve the SDGs.
The key ways WAGGGS encourages and supports MOs’ work on the SDGs:
- Education on the SDGs: thegoals.org is an online platform connecting Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world to tackle the SDGs in a fun, interactive way. The objective of this platform is to learn and to practice. Available on any internet-enabled device and aimed at young people who want to learn about the SDGs and take action. Discover all the details about the platform here.
- Programmes, campaign tools and opportunities which link to one or more of WAGGGS’ priority Goals. Discover our framework here.
- Sharing space: through our website, training and events, we give MOs the opportunity to share their own ideas for programmes, campaigns and tools with others across the world.
- Data collection to inform our programmes and bring the data on SDGs to global and national forums via U-Report.
- Partners: we encourage MOs to form their own national partnerships towards the SDGs and provide partnership opportunities via global relationships, including our partnerships with UPS, Dove Self Esteem Project, FKNorway, UN Women, Nutrition International and other partners.