The United Nation's
Sustainable Development Goals

HKUST Connect supports the Sustainable Development Goals
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HKUST Connect is committed to serve the local communities and foster global citizenship in our students. In support of United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which encompasses 17 bold Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), HKUST Connect offers students service opportunities to address social issues such as poverty, hunger, health, quality education, equalities and climate change. Join us to support UN's development goals and be part of the solution!

Visit United Nation's website to learn more about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the specific targets.


ACT TOGETHER
Here are the Goals that HKUST Connect will respond to in this academic year through our programs. You are encouraged to be an agent of change, pick the goals you care about and work together to help make the world better!


no poverty

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

Your active engagement in policymaking can make a difference in addressing poverty. It ensures that your rights are promoted and that your voice is heard, that inter-generational knowledge is shared, and that innovation and critical thinking are encouraged at all ages to support transformational change in people’s lives and communities.


zero hunger

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Extreme hunger and malnutrition remains a barrier to sustainable development and creates a trap from which people cannot easily escape. Hunger and malnutrition mean less productive individuals, who are more prone to disease and thus often unable to earn more and improve their livelihoods. There are nearly 800 million people who suffer from hunger worldwide, the vast majority in developing countries.

You can make changes in your own life—at home, at work and in the community—by supporting local farmers or markets and making sustainable food choices, supporting good nutrition for all, and fighting food waste.


health

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.

You can contribute in promoting the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol, advocate to reduce air pollution, and promote mental health and well-being.


education

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people's lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals.

You can support the education and learning for persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities and children in vulnerable situations, and facilitate all learners to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture's contribution to sustainable development.


inequality

Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
The international community has made significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty. However, inequality still persists and large disparities remain in access to health and education services and other assets, furthermore, inequality within countries has risen. There is growing consensus that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty if it is not inclusive and if it does not involve the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental.

We should pay attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. You can use your passion and creativity to take action to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.


climate change

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Climate change is caused by human activities and is threatening the way we live and the future of our planet. By addressing climate change, we can build a sustainable world for everyone. But we need to act now.

You can start with simple steps like always use reusable eating utensils, reuse, mend, and repurpose things to save money and divert waste from your local landfill, plant trees, decrease your personal carbon footprint by walking, bicycling, and using mass transit whenever possible, think before you travel, and speak up to ask your local and national authorities to engage in environmentally-friendly measures.


It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? Here are a few of the many things you can do to make an impact. Take action now!

You can also refer to Youth Service America's Youth Guide to the Global Goals to identify ways that you can use to make a difference in your community.

 

The above content is adopted from United Nations web site.