Pray with Us for the Sustainable Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were embraced by the nations of the world at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000.
The eight globally-agreed MDGs addressed concerns about poverty, education, health, gender equality, the environment and development – and, as such, they helped nations and NGOs target their efforts in development.
A deadline for meeting the MDGs was set for September 2015. As the deadline approached, it was evident that there had been outstanding gains in some goals in some countries, but otherwise little or no progress had been made.
On Friday 25 September, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit formally adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Churches have a role to remind nations that authentic development can only occur when we seek just relations between nations and give democratic participation to the most disenfranchised in our global community.
We need to defend basic human rights, address climate change (which most affects the poor), and tackle an unjust global economic system that ignores inequalities between nations and regions.
Pray for an end to poverty and hunger and for good health for all people. (SDG 1, 2, 3)
Pray for education for all, gender equality, and access to water and affordable energy supplies for all communities. (SDG 4, 5, 6, 7)
Pray for economic growth and sustainable industrialisation for all nations, employment for all people, economic equality within and among countries, and safe human settlements. (SDG 8, 9, 10, 11)
Pray for sustainable consumption and production, action to combat climate change, and the conservation of seas, marine resources, forests, land and biodiversity. (SDG 12, 13, 14, 15)
Pray for peaceful and inclusive societies, for justice for all, and for elected and accountable institutions at all levels. (SDG 16)
Pray for revitalised global partnerships focused on sustainable development. (SDG 17)