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What are the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.  The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.

The 17 Goals included in the SDGs build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected, and often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.


Contribution to SDG targets

The GloFouling Partnerships will address the UN Sustainable Development Goals 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development ), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts ) and 15 (Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss ). GloFouling will also address SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals, SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and SDG 5 – Gender Equality. Specific contributions to SDG targets through the adoption of best biofouling management practices have been identified using the indicators related to each target. It is expected that all the countries participating in the GloFouling Partnerships will include their contributions to each target in their national SDG reporting.

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