Sustainable Development Goals
It’s easy to say you want to make the world a better place, but it’s a lot harder to decide on the best way to actually do that and sometimes it can seem like an insurmountable task, but this is exactly what the United Nations do. The UN have approved and adopted several plans of action over the years, such as agenda 21 in 1992 and the Millennium Declaration in 2000.
The most recent of these plans, is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was accepted by all of the UN’s member states in 2015. It was an urgent call to action for all countries and highlighted how eradicating things like global poverty and hunger would have to go hand-in-hand with strategies that spurred economic growth, healthcare and education. Whereas the Millennium Declaration had 8 Millennium Development Goals, the 2030 agenda built on this framework and presented 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These goals were as follows:
- No Poverty
- Zero Hunger
- Good Health and Well-Being
- Quality Education
- Gender Equality
- Clean Water and Sanitation
- Affordable and Clean Energy
- Decent Work and Economic Growth
- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
- Reduced Inequalities
- Sustainable Cities and Communities
- Responsible Consumption and Production
- Climate Action
- Life Below Water
- Life on Land
- Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
The good news is that some great progress has been made for some of the SDGs. For example, Global poverty has gone down from 36% in 1990 to 10% in 2015. While this still means that around 700 million people are living in abject poverty and whilst we are by no means done, it is a sign that progress has been made.
Sadly, there is still a lot of work to do and COVID-19 is not making things easier. Due to COVID, global poverty is expected to rise for the first time in 30 years and many women in abusive relationships cannot get away from their abusers due to lockdowns. Mind you, that’s not even mentioning the negative impact it’s had on healthcare and well-being. Making the world a better place is still going to take a lot of time and effort.
Despite current challenges, we are committed to doing our part at Hospitainer. We strive to produce our products as responsibly as possible, one such topic we are continuing to improve upon is water management. We provide ways to store wastewater so it can be treated appropriately and aside from our clean water storage, Hospipumps and Hospisinks make providing clean water easier. Another topic we are passionate about is helping to provide a safe treatment place for victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV). Our Maternitainers can allow women who have suffered from GBV to seek treatment without stigma.
Of course, Hospitainer remains determined to improve health and well-being by continuing to produce mobile, turn-key hospitals and clinics which can reach communities that would otherwise struggle to get proper healthcare. The more people we can help this way, the better.
We’ll keep doing our part at Hospitainer. Hopefully, we can all strive to meet these goals together and make our way of life a bit more sustainable and the world just a little bit better.