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What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? 

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators United Nations Member States are expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years.

The SDGs follow, and expand on, the eight Millennium Development goals (MDGs), which were agreed on by governments in 2000 and expire at the end of 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also called Global Goals, and Agenda 2030 are an inter-governmentally agreed set of targets relating to international development. 

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled Transforming our world. The SDGs share a universal common global vision of progress toward a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings to thrive on the planet. They reflect the moral principles that no one and no country shall be left behind, and that everyone and every country should be regarded as having a common responsibility for playing their part in delivering the global vision.

Goal No.4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all 

Sustainable Development Goal No.4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and

promote life-long learning opportunities for all - aligns with Reading Hamlets mission. We

believe that education is key to all of the new Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve

quality education, the Member States proposed the following:

  • Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education
  • Ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education
  • Ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
  • Increase by X% the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment and entrepreneurship
  • Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
  • Ensure that all youth and at least X% of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy
  • Ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including 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
  • Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
  • By 2020 expand by X% globally the number of scholarships for developing countries
  • Increase by X% the supply of qualified teachers, including through international co-operation for teacher training in developing countries

Education is crucial in Nigeria, woven throughout the SDGs and is the backbone of development, one of the many reasons why Reading Hamlets strongly supports Goal No. 4, that every girl and boy in the world should get a free, quality primary and secondary school education. 

SDG Indicators 
Visit the official websiteof the United Nations, which provides information on SDG indicators. Links to related sites and documents, as well as continuously updated news, will keep you up to date with the ongoing activities on SDG indicators, including access to relevant reference and technical materials.

Financing for Development
Outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development: Addis Ababa Action Agenda 

Reading Hamlets on Intergovernmental Negotiations
Below is a document to which Reading Hamlets has signed on:
Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Statement  by Reading Hamlets which was sent to the Sustainable Development Goals negotiators. 

Reading Hamlets is a member of the Women's Major Group. Through this group, we stay abreast of information regarding our interests and can make Reading Hamlets interests known in the area of women's empowerment.

Take Action
It takes more than governments to build sustainable development — partnerships among people, community groups, organizations and businesses are needed to make this an everyday change. While all 17 Sustainable Development Goals are crucial to a better future, Reading Hamlets has taken responsibility and become involved in the Sustainable Development Goal No.4 

Educate yourself
Learn why the SDGs are crucial to a more sustainable future. A good resource is the website. The World We Want 2015, which enables visitors to engage, visualize and analyze people’s voices on sustainable development. You can also watch the official Intergovernmental Negotiations proceedings on the UN Web TV — even past recordings. 
Act locally
Local and national governments are critical for promoting inclusive sustainable development within their communities, and as such for the implementation of the post- 2015 agenda. We need your support to implement the three pillars of the post-2015 agenda now that it has been approved on September 25th, 2015. You can be part of transforming the world into one of equality, empowerment and inclusion.

  • Write a letter to your local and regional governments urging them to support the post-2015 agenda.
  • Advocate for getting more girls into school.
  • Encourage youth in your community to participate in the future development agenda, taking into account their ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, political and socio-economic diversities.