September 23, 2021

A beginner’s guide to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

 

At Yulu, virtually all of the work we do supports one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The SDGs also provide guidance for how our teams are structured and how our clients are serviced. For example, our Environment & Sustainability team champions those SDGs tied to climate action, clean energy, life on land and below water, and clean water.

So, what are the UN SDGs?

What are the UN SDGs?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

What are the 17 UN SDGs & how does Yulu support them?

SDG #1 | Zero Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Micro-Documentaries, UNICEF Canada, World Housing, Oikocredit

SDG #2 | Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Food for the Hungry, Second Harvest

SDG #3 | Good Health & Wellbeing

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all and at all ages.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: UNICEF Canada, BC Women’s Health Foundation, Lucky Iron Fish

SDG #4 | Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Red Bull Amaphiko, University of Guelph, Commonwealth of Learning

SDG #5 | Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: B Lab, enso Creative, Community Foundations of Canada

SDG #6 | Clean Water & Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Squamish River Watershed Society, Moleaer

SDG #7 | Affordable & Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Carbon Engineering, Hydrostor, Pachama

SDG #8 | Decent Work & Economic Growth

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

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Community Savings Credit Union, Greyston Bakery, Vancity Community Investment Bank, Farafena

SDG #9 | Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Nexii Building Solutions, Rick Hansen Foundation

SDG #10 | Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Audible, B Lab, Red Bull Amaphiko

SDG #11 | Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Rick Hansen Foundation, World Housing, Grosvenor Americas

SDG #12 | Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production pattern.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: The Body Shop, Aldo Group, Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, Nexii Building Solutions

SDG #13 | Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Carbon Engineering, Pachama, Genus Capital

SDG #14 | Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Ocean Wise, Squamish River Watershed Society, Moleaer

SDG #15 | Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Moleaer, Commission for Environmental Cooperation, Pachama

SDG #16 | Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Yulu clients (past & present) that directly & indirectly support this goal: Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership 

SDG #17 | Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.