The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 goals adopted by the UN General Assembly several years ago in 2015.


The main aim and goal was to provide the framework at which we could work towards achieving a more sustainable future for all whether they be in the developed or developing world.

The goals cover a huge range of areas impacted by sustainability covering issues across social, environmental and economic aspects of life.

For example, social issues include poverty, hunger, health, education and gender equality. Environmental issues will cover climate change, and the broad range of impacts that can have across the world and economical issues in terms of energy and providing the funding to assist with ensuring people have access to the infrastructure required to develop and prosper as humans.

Achieving the SDGs requires a massive, coordinated effort by governments,  societies, organisations, the private sector, and individuals.

The Sustainable Development Goals and How we can achieve them

SDG 1: No Poverty:

  • Implement policies to reduce inequality and promote economic growth
  • Invest in education and vocational training
  • Provide social protection and access to financial services
  • Promote sustainable agriculture and rural development

SDG 2: Zero Hunger:
  • Improve access to nutritious food and clean water
  • Strengthen agricultural production and food systems
  • Invest in rural infrastructure and support smallholder farmers
  • Reduce food waste and promote sustainable consumption
SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being:
  • Provide universal access to health care services
  • Strengthen the health care system, including through the use of technology
  • Invest in research and development of new treatments and vaccines
  • Promote healthy lifestyles, including through education and awareness campaigns
SDG 4: Quality Education:
  • Increase access to education, particularly for disadvantaged groups
  • Invest in teacher training and support
  • Develop and implement inclusive and equitable education systems
  • Promote lifelong learning opportunities
SDG 5: Gender Equality:
  • Promote women's rights and gender equality through legislation and policy
  • Support women's economic empowerment
  • Address violence against women and girls
  • Invest in education and awareness campaigns
SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation:
  • Invest in infrastructure to improve access to clean water and sanitation
  • Promote sustainable water management practices
  • Improve hygiene and sanitation, particularly in rural and vulnerable communities
  • Protect water sources and ecosystems
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy:
  • Promote the use of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power
  • Increase energy efficiency and conservation
  • Invest in research and development of new technologies
  • Support the transition to a low-carbon economy

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all
  • Support domestic and international policies that create jobs and promote entrepreneurship
  • Invest in infrastructure and technology to increase productivity and employment opportunities
  • Implement policies that reduce inequality and promote social inclusion
  • Enhance international cooperation to support the economic development of developing countries

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

  • Invest in infrastructure, technology, and innovation to support sustainable economic growth
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, including through the development of small and medium enterprises
  • Encourage public-private partnerships and other forms of cooperation to support the development of infrastructure and technology
  • Provide support for developing countries to strengthen their technological capabilities and industrial base
  • Enhance international cooperation to support the development of infrastructure and technology in developing countries

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

  • Reduce income and wealth inequality within and among countries
  • Ensure equal opportunities and rights for all, including marginalized and vulnerable groups
  • Address discrimination and exclusion based on factors such as race, gender, age, disability, and other factors
  • Provide access to quality education, healthcare, and other essential services for all
  • Promote social, economic, and political inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable groups

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Promote sustainable and inclusive urbanization, including through the development of infrastructure and services
  • Encourage the use of sustainable and accessible forms of transport, including public transport and non-motorized modes
  • Support the development of compact, resilient, and livable cities and communities
  • Implement measures to reduce the impact of natural disasters and other emergencies on urban areas and communities
  • Enhance international cooperation and capacity-building to support sustainable urban development

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Implement policies and practices that promote sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Encourage the development and use of environmentally-friendly and sustainable technologies
  • Promote the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures
  • Support the transition to a circular economy, including through the reduction of waste and the reuse and recycling of materials
  • Enhance international cooperation and capacity-building to support

SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
    • Reduce waste and promote recycling
    • Develop sustainable agriculture and fishing practices
    • Encourage the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency measures
SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions through measures such as carbon pricing and transitioning to renewable energy
    • Adapt to the impacts of climate change, such as sea level rise and extreme weather events
    • Support research and development of new technologies to address climate change
SDG 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
    • Protect marine environments through measures such as marine protected areas
    • Reduce pollution and overfishing
    • Support sustainable ocean-based industries, such as aquaculture
SDG 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, forests, forests, wetlands and other ecosystems
    • Protect and restore forests, including through reforestation and afforestation
    • Promote sustainable land use practices, such as sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism
    • Support the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands, grasslands and other ecosystems
SDG 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
    • Promote and protect human rights, including through the rule of law and access to justice
    • Support inclusive and participatory governance at all levels
    • Promote peaceful and inclusive societies, including through the prevention of conflict and violence
SDG 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development
    • Increase financing for sustainable development, including through the provision of development assistance
    • Enhance the capacity of countries, particularly developing countries, to implement sustainable development policies
    • Strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development, including through the participation of all stakeholders.

Here at Narcissips, we focus on making our impact across Sustainable Development Goals 4, 6 and 12 in helping hundreds access education, thousands access clean water and avoid single-use plastics. Each order directly contributes to providing the tuition fees or funds to construct a well across the developing world with water and education being two things we feel we as individuals in Ireland can take for granted. 

In having being lucky enough to receive my own education via grants and scholarships, I have seen first hand the impact it has had on transforming my own life, and would love for you to check out our blogs and website home page which discusses our impact and how you can partner with us, to make a difference.

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Written by Cathal O Reilly

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