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Local Peace Economy: 17 Goals for People, for Planet

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The United Nations has developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals to Transform Our World. The Sustainable Development Goals  (SDGs) are a universal call for a decade of local action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. The 17 (SDGs) demand nothing short of a transformation of the financial, economic and political systems that govern our societies today to guarantee the human rights of all. More important than ever, the goals provide a critical framework for COVID-19 recovery.

Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.

A Decade of Action

With just under ten years left to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, world leaders at the SDG Summit in September 2019 called for a Decade of Action and delivery for sustainable development, and pledged to mobilize financing, enhance national implementation and strengthen institutions to achieve the Goals by the target date of 2030, leaving no one behind.

The UN Secretary-General called on all sectors of society to mobilize for a decade of action on three levels: global action to secure greater leadership, more resources and smarter solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals; local action embedding the needed transitions in the policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities; and people action, including by youth, civil society, the media, the private sector, unions, academia and other stakeholders, to generate an unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations.

The Sustainable Development Agenda – United Nations Sustainable Development

Numerous civil society leaders and organizations have also called for a “super year of activism” to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, urging world leaders to redouble efforts to reach the people furthest behind, support local action and innovation, strengthen data systems and institutions, rebalance the relationship between people and nature, and unlock more financing for sustainable development.

At the core of the 2020-2030 decade is the need for action to tackle growing poverty, empower women and girls, and address the climate emergency.

More people around the world are living better lives compared to just a decade ago. More people have access to better healthcare, decent work, and education than ever before. But inequalities and climate change are threatening to undo the gains. Investment in inclusive and sustainable economies can unleash significant opportunities for shared prosperity. And the political, technological and financial solutions are within reach. But much greater leadership and rapid, unprecedented changes are needed to align these levers of change with sustainable development objectives. #ForPeopleForPlanet

The Sustainable Development Goals – What Do They Mean for Business? - Re-Pal
Sustainability a beginning: How we can reach these goals in our local community. 
We begin by making a choice between the old way of doing business that destroys the planet, leaves millions in poverty with little or no healthcare, education and with little prospects for a better life to the new way of doing business where we help ourselves by helping others. This a spiritual choice between being selfish or helping others, as helping others makes us feel better, by choosing  sustainability you will feel better about yourselves and the future of your family. Once you decide to live a sustainable lifestyle, educate yourself about sustainability, many cities, counties and states have sustainability plans and there are many companies and individuals that are practicing sustainable principles with success. Once you have learned, you need to act by practicing sustainable principles in your homes, communities, elect representatives that support SDGs and demand large financial institutions divest from brown business practices and invest in sustainable business practice. Time is running out for humanity to adjust to and mange the affects of climate change cooperatively and peacefully as it affects are already being felt. There are larger more damaging fires, hurricanes, and drought that is driving many farmers in Central America off their lands and making them walk to the United States is search of a better life for their families.
We need to act now if we are going to save ourselves and the planet. The Local Peace Economy joins the effort to help reach these goals in a decade of effort in our local communities. In the following weeks we will look at the individual goals and what is being done in our local community and what actions are needed to be taken to help reach the goal.  We truly live in a growing global community and actions taken by local people working within their communities and with other local people in their community will enable people around the earth to create that unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations to reach 17 sustainable development goals and improve the lives and prospects of everyone everywhere.  Please Join Us: For People For Planet.
References 
The UN webpages have a lot of information about the great work they are doing around the earth to create a peaceful, cooperative sustainable community.
Your Local City, County and State sustainable webpages has lots of information about what you can do to live sustainable and what their master sustainable goals plans is and how they implementing in your community and state.

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