Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development: The World We Want, Or The World We Don’t Want?

Presenter: Dr. Joan Russow

June, 2015

In 2000, the member states of the UN agreed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which were to be fulfilled by 2015:

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development


The theme of Rio+20 World Conference was “The Future We Want”.  In 2012, I wrote “The Future we want is impeded by the continuation of the Future we do not want”:  Peace, Earth and Justice:
In 2015, the United Nations is subsuming the MDG into Sustainable Development Goals as 17 Goals with the theme :”The World We Want: A Future For All”:


Is the world we want impeded by the continuation of the world we do not want?

Is it possible to have sustainable development within a world of predominantly unsustainable practices without concurrently eliminating these practices?

How do we move from the world we don’t want to one we do want?

Informative Links:

The United Nations: article by The World Health Organization (2015) lists a few key facts, and has an progress report on how these goals are being achieved (or not):

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