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  1. Garth Luke
    Garth Luke August 4, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for continuing to shine light on the SDGs.

    While it looks like the 17 goals and 169 targets are a product of simply accepting everyone’s pet issue you just have to spend a bit of time in a room with a children’s rights campaigner, gender specialist or environmentalist to know that this final framework really is pretty selective and does not include all wish lists.

    In terms of ‘implementability’ it seems to me that if I were prime minister of a country I would find them a bit overwhelming. But if I were minister for education, or minister for agriculture or minister for health etc (or a campaigner in any of these areas) I think I would find my section of these goals to be a useful and manageable tool for my work.

    In terms of communicating the SDGs to the public 17 goals obviously will not work. However something like the following is understandable:

    “The SDGs are a set of goals which countries have agreed to achieve by 2030. They focus on three areas:
    1. to reduce poverty and inequality,
    2. to support equal rights, peace and opportunity for all,
    3. to grow our economies in an environmentally sustainable way.”

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