15 Tips for applying the SDGs in your organization

15 Tips for applying the SDGs in your organization

Add more value to the projects aligning them with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We give you all the details in the following article.

2030 Agenda is interrelated with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are future purposes created by the United Nations to transform the society, having in consideration the environment. In this sense, SDGs are the continuation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that expired in 2015, but unlike the MDGs, the process of creating the SDGs involved 193 states and civil society with a broad representation of the views of the various stakeholders.

So, let's check the 17 goals. The first five are related to the eradication of poverty, the fight against hunger, the guarantee of good health, quality education and gender equality. It is followed by access to drinking water and sanitation, the promotion of renewable energies, decent work, and sustainable economic growth, as well as innovation and inclusive infrastructures and the reduction of inequality between and within countries.

The creation of sustainable cities and communities, the responsibility of human consumption, fighting against climate change, preservation of aquatic and terrestrial flora and fauna biodiversity are the consecutive objectives. Finally, the promotion of peace and justice establishing alliances for global objectives. In this way, with the last objective, they set the central motive of the process, united making more equal and sustainable world.

It is crucial to understand the process of creating and setting each of the goals to realize that there is no SDG directly related to sport. However, according to the article 'Sport as a tool for development', eight of them have an affinity with physical activity and sport, corresponding to objectives number 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 16 and 17:

SDG sport

1. Good health: Guarantee healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

2. Quality education: Promote an inclusive education for all and quality and equitable learning opportunities.

3. Gender equality: Achieve gender equality through the strengthening of adult and young women.

4. Decent work and economic growth: Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all people.

5. Reduction of inequality: Reduce inequality between and within countries.

6. Sustainable cities and communities: Create sustainable cities and inclusive, safe, and resilient human settlements.

7. Peace and justice: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies to achieve sustainable development, provide all people with access to justice and develop effective, responsible, and inclusive institutions at all levels.

8. Partnerships for Global Goals: Strengthen the means to implement and revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development.

Thus, 15 Tips for the implementation of the 8 SDGs are described, especially proposing recommended actions for sports organizations.

To have specific objectives for each entity, it is suggested to assess the impact generated by each organization. As detailed in the news item on 'The triple impact of sports organisations', the set of consequences caused by an action that affects an environment or social or natural environment can be positive, neutral and/or negative.

In this way, the adaptation of the actions for each organization is proposed, sufficiently ambitious and realistic to be effective. To consider that all the agents responsible for the achievement of the SDGs address them in their entirety instead of focusing on them as a list of individual objectives from which one can choose.

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