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The Shortcomings of SDGs and Possible Solutions

By Yuting Xiao

In the year 2000, the United Nations realized the need to better protect the Earth from both old and new challenges. There 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were developed which included ending world hunger and ensuring a healthy environment. The target was set to be achieved by 2015. However, by 2015, even though many countries hit a lot of these goals, overall, there were still many shortcomings [1]. Then in 2015, the MDGs were replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is even more ambitious with 17 goals instead of 8. Under the SDGs, the 17 goals have a deadline of 2030. This massive project involves over 190 member-states and thousands of civil society organizations and other stakeholders working together in partnership.

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