Kids Edition SDGs

Have you heard about SDGs?

“SDGs” stands for Sustainable Development Goals. These goals were chosen in the 2015 session of the United Nations General Assembly. The 17 goals are to be achieved by 2030. The SDGs were made based on a strong sense of crisis: poor people are being forgotten about, the global environment is getting worse, and if nothing is done, eventually the world will collapse.

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“Sustainable” means that something can carry on forever. The SDGs aim to create better ways of life without destroying the environment and resources for the future.

It's important that leaders of countries and companies work together to achieve these goals. But actually all of us need to think and talk about the SDGs, and live in ways that help benefit other people and the Earth. Now let's look at the 17 goals.

Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs

Goal 1 : No poverty

Goal 1: No poverty

The goal is to end poverty in every shape and form, all over the world. Solving the type of poverty where people don’t have enough to eat in order to live is the first step. This goal goes beyond just food and water, to making sure everyone has work and a place to live, access to hospitals, and the opportunity to say what they think or to use the skills they have.

783 million people worldwide live on less than $1.90 a day.

Goal 2 : Zero hunger

Goal 2: Zero hunger

Starvation is a state of malnutrition when you haven’t eaten properly for a long time. This goal is to make sure everyone, from children to the elderly, gets enough food with sufficient nutrition. The goal is to preserve environment and crop diversity (having lots of different types of things available), while increasing stable food production.

As many as 3.1 million children under 5 years old die of malnutrition every year.

Goal 3 : Good health and well-being

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

The goal is for everyone to be healthy, to prevent disease, and to have access to adequate medical treatment. Women should be able to have babies safely, and medicines or vaccines should be available to everyone. This goal also includes reducing injuries or deaths due to accidents or contamination of air, water, and land.

The aim is to save as many people as possible through medicines and vaccines.

Goal 4 : Quality education

Goal 4: Quality education

The goal is to provide equal education of high quality to everyone, with lifelong opportunities for learning. Providing safe, easily accessible schools and increasing the number of qualified teachers will help achieve this. It's important to continue education even in the middle of conflicts and disasters.

As many as 57 million children of elementary school age have no chance to go to school. Let's think about why this is happening.

Goal 5 : Gender equality

Goal 5: Gender equality

The goal is to empower women and girls to stop discrimination against them. Prevent physical, emotional, and sexual harm to women, value work done in the home, protect women's rights for pregnancy and childbirth, and encourage equal participation in politics, economics, and so on.

The number of women in government is very low in many countries. Let's make women equal in lots of different ways.

Goal 6 : Clean water and sanitation

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

The goal is to provide everyone with clean water and a healthy environment through proper hygiene management. This means good water management and garbage disposal to provide sanitation to everyone, and steps to reuse water.

So many people have to draw water from wells, and lots of children die from drinking unclean water.

Goal 7 : Affordable and clean energy

Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

The goal is to provide reliable, low-priced energy to everyone, not just from wood or coal but also from new sources of electricity or gas. Making greater use of clean, renewable energy (from the power of nature, like sunlight, the wind, flowing rivers, or ocean tides) and increasing energy efficiency are key points.

Let's think about what sorts of energy are good for people and the environment.

Goal 8 : Decent work and economic growth

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Decent work means everyone having access to fulfilling work that benefits economic growth while protecting natural resources. The goal is to end child labor that mentally and physically harms children under the age of 18 who are forced to work.

Life is very hard without a job. It would be good if more companies could realize the importance of people and the environment.

Goal 9 : Industry, information, and infrastructure

Goal 9: Industry, information, and infrastructure

Infrastructure means the buildings, transport, services and so on people need as part of their daily lives. More examples are water supply, railroads, gas, electricity, and the Internet. The goal is to build disaster-proof infrastructure, encourage sustainable and inclusive economic development, and make it easier to come up with new technologies.

What do you think leaders of countries or companies should do for the environment and for working people?

Goal 10 : Reduced inequalities

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

The goal is to reduce inequality or differences both between countries and inside countries. Inequality can be eliminated by raising the incomes of poor people and getting rid of laws and practices that discriminate against particular types of people.

No one likes being treated unequally or being discriminated against. Sustainable growth is only possible when society allows different types of people to be active.

Goal 11 : Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

The goal is cities and communities where everyone lives in safe, quality housing with access to water, electricity, and other essential services. Communities must be tough against disaster while monitoring of air pollution and waste management, providing safe and easy access to services for people at risk like children and the elderly.

Let's think how to make the places people live in safer and more reassuring for everyone.

Goal 12 : Responsible consumption and production

Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

The goal is to make sure resources are not wasted when things are made and used in every country. The aim is to halve food waste worldwide, monitor harmful chemicals discharged in making things to prevent them contaminating water, air, or land, and adopt the Three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) to minimize waste.

What do you think people should do to stop wasting food, water, energy, and other resources?

Goal 13 : Climate action

Goal 13: Climate action

Climate change means that emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other substances by humans are making the Earth hotter and changing the weather. The focus is on taking action now to prepare for climate change problems and the natural disasters it will cause.

Let's think about how to stop CO2 emissions.

Goal 14 : Life below water

Goal 14: Life below water

Most ocean pollution is due to things people on land are doing. The goal is to reduce pollution of the ocean, end illegal fishing that harms the environment, and make sure the resources of the sea can be used sustainably.

The oceans are full of non-biodegradable plastic garbage that pollutes the water and enters the bodies of fish.

Goal 15 : Life on land

Goal 15: Life on land

In order to protect or regenerate land ecosystems (balancing animals and the environments they live in), while using them in a sustainable way, people must protect forests and stop deserts growing any bigger. Endangered species must also be protected while preventing loss of biodiversity.

Let's think about how to stop numbers of plants and animals decreasing.

Goal 16 : Peace, justice, and strong institutions

Goal 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions

The goal is to create peaceful and inclusive societies, where everyone has access to the law (courts and legal procedures), and just institutions are active to the community, country, and global levels.

Everyone should be able to live in a peaceful, safe, and just world.

Goal 17 : Partnerships for the goals

 Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals

The goal is make sure that all countries work together to achieve Goals 1 to 16. The SDGs must be included in national plans while greater steps are taken to attain them. Each country needs to think about what action it can take and use its budget to achieve the goals. Developed countries can help developing countries in their efforts.

Let's make sure to succeed with the motto of the SDGs: Leave no-one behind. Think about what you can do yourself!

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A game?  Sugoroku is a Japanese board game.

You can play a boardgame about the SDGs to learn more!

Go Goals! is an SDGs learning game fun for kids to adults. Play it and learn about SDGs at the same time!

“Go Goals! A game to learn about the SDGs” United Nations Information Center, Tokyo

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Note: The Panasonic Kids School “What are SDGs?” webpage was created with the cooperation of Toshio Tejima, deputy chairperson of the Japanese Society of ESD, with reference to the webpages explaining the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the United Nations Information Center, Tokyo and the Save the Children websites.