FICS for Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
On September 25th 2015 leaders from 193 countries gathered at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They unanimously agreed to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals. The SDGs replace the MDGs which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty. Listed below are the new SDGs that will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty.
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere
- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
- Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
- Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
- Reduce inequality within and among countries
- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
- Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (taking note of agreements made by the UNFCCC forum)
- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
- Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
- Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
- Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development
We all understand that Universities in developed countries play a valuable role in socioeconomic development; NUST, by its very mandate, strives to contribute not only to the economic development of Pakistan, but also to sustainable social development.
The concept of FICS is fully aligned with the SDGs; FICS can actually become one of the vehicles through which the SDGs can be achieved.