SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND THE UN
Natali Al Jundy
A big part of THIMUN’s foundation is the creation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include fundamental human rights ranging from achieving gender equality and zero hunger to ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
SDGs are an international set of targets that were implemented and agreed on by the United Nations in 2015. Their incorporation and what makes them essential to the development of each and every community is their improved sustainability and their ability to address issues that have proven to be prevalent in every part of the world.
An example of such an issue is the lack of gender equality in Myanmar and what the UN has done to improve that, as gender equality is central to their work. Since the UN’s involvement and the implementation of the SDGs, it has been noted that women now make up 41 percent of paid workers outside of agriculture, in comparison to the 35 percent in 1990. In addition, most regions have now reached gender equality in primary education.
Though there are still prominent discrepancies, specifically in the labor market in these regions, the SDGs plan to eliminate discrimination against women and girls in its entirety by 2030.
As THIMUN’s main objective is to be able to come up with resolutions to for current issues in the world, SDGs have proven to help achieve this goal in a durable and effective manner due to its successful encompassing of problems occurring all around the world.