The UN Sustainable Development Goals are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.
Making the SDGs real in our world requires a different mindset to that which dominated progress in the 20c. It requires a holistic way of seeing the world, the ability to join the dots and to become systems thinkers – taking account of all the interests and needs of all participants the needs of the planet we live in.
At heart this is a learning challenge – we won’t achieve our SDG targets without a different approach to learning. One which privileges all voices and does justice to the interdependencies and complexities of the world we live in.
We need to learn our way forwards together. The SDGs provide an a shared imperative which helps us frame the direction and success criteria for learning journeys – do they lead to greater sustainability, wellbeing and community? These are particularly helpful for framing open-ended enquiry in schools, organisations and communities.