In my opinion all design schools must have at least one session to introduce the SDGs to students. All professional designers must familiarize themselves with the SDGs and prepare themselves by reading track level actionable plans.
What are SDGs?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. Part of Resolution 70/1 of the United Nations General Assembly, the 2030 Agenda, these Sustainable Development Goals are:
1) No Poverty 2) Zero Hunger 3) Good Health and Well-being 4) Quality Education 5) Gender Equality 6) Clean Water and Sanitation 7) Affordable and Clean Energy 8) Decent Work and Economic Growth 9) Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure 10) Reducing Inequality 11) Sustainable Cities and Communities 12) Responsible Consumption and Production 13) Climate Action 14) Life Below Water 15) Life On Land 16) Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions 17) Partnerships for the Goals.
The goals are broad based and interdependent. Each of the 17 SDGs has a list of targets that are measured with indicators. Key to making the SDGs successful is to make the data on the 17 goals available and understandable. Various tools exist to track and visualize progress towards the goals.
Though these are goals for governments and countries, many design institutions around the world are adopting and interpreting them. Designers can help to reach these goals, not only by communicating them to a wider audience, but by adopting them as basic requirements and briefs for their work.
I would be very happy to work with institutions and individuals who want to take this up.
Sudhir Sharma, Editor-in-Chief