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UN Sustainable Development Goals and GO

UN SDG LogoOvercoming world-wide structural problems such as poverty, inequality, and the climate crisis requires global action. The United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 as a blueprint to create a healthy and prosperous planet for everyone by 2030. The SDGs are made up of 17 goals that span eradicating poverty and hunger to establishing gender equality and building sustainable cities. Each goal has a series of measurable targets and indicators to evaluate its success. More information about each goal and its progress can be found at Countries, state and regional governments, businesses, and universities are organizing their efforts to align with the UN SDGs.

At Susquehanna, the GO Program offers the unique opportunity to have an immersive intercultural experience while examining how the SDGs are applied and implemented across the globe. Linking that intercultural experience with the UN SDGs opens one’s eyes to the possibilities of the future.

As you’re choosing your GO Program, check out this dashboard to see the progress of every country to meet the SDGs, You can use the “advanced search” feature to search GO Short programs by the UN SDG. On GO Your Way and GO Long programs, you can identify and make progress on the goals through your experience.

Here is a basic description of each Sustainable Development Goal:
 UN SDG 11- No poverty: end extreme poverty through access and inclusion UN SDG 2 2- Zero hunger: support development of food sources to feed all persons while increasing living wages and ensuring environmental protection UN SDG 3 3- Good health and wellbeing: promote healthy lives through increased access to medical care and education
UN SDG 4 4- Quality education: create inclusive and equitable quality education opportunities UN SDG 5
 5- Gender equality: achieve gender equality and empower women and girls 
UN SDG 6 6- Clean water and sanitation: ensure availability and sustainable management of fresh water and sanitation
UN SDG 7 7- Affordable and clean energy: ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy and expanding resources UN SDG 8 8- Decent work and economic growth: create quality, living-wage-paying jobs and economic development UN SDG 9 9- Industry, innovation, and infrastructure: build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
UN SDG 10 10- Reduced inequalities: reduce inequalities in and among countries UN SDG 11 11- Sustainable cities and communities: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable UN SDG 12 12- Responsible consumption and production: improve quality of life for all through resource and energy
UN SDG 13 13- Climate action: combat climate change and its impacts UN SDG 14 14- Life below water: conserve and sustainably use marine resources UN SDG 15 15- Life on land: conserve and sustainably use land resources, in particular, forests
UN SDG 16 16- Peace, justice, and strong institutions: promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all UN SDG 17 17- Partnerships for the goals: build cross-sector partnerships that put people and planet first