Global Goals for Sustainable Development

 

Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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Global Goal 1 - No Poverty 
End poverty in all its forms everywhere 

More than 3 billion people live on less than US $2.50 a day, according to World Bank figures. More than 1.3 billion of these people live in extreme poverty, which means surviving on less than US $1.25 a day. Whilst these numbers have decreased in recent decades, they remain staggering.

Have you founded an initiative that creates opportunities for people in low-income communities to live better lives and lift themselves, and others, out of poverty? 

To read more about what Unilever is doing to contribute to this Global Goal, click here.


Global Goal 2 – Zero Hunger
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
 

The food system is broken. Millions of people are not getting enough to eat, whilst millions of others are eating too much of the wrong foods. Smallholder farmers are particularly vital to securing future food supplies, currently representing 85 percent of farmers worldwide and producing 70 percent of the world’s food. 

Calling all entrepreneurs with products and services that tackle nutrition issues and food security, or help smallholder farmers to improve their practices. 

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Global Goal 5 – Gender Equality
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Women do 60 percent of the world’s work but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income. And whilst men reinvest 30 to 40 percent of income into their families, women reinvest 90 percent of their income.

Just think what the ripple effect will be on families, communities and economies when women are helped to do well, earn more, and are encouraged to speak out on the most important issues that affect their lives.

Are you working on a product, service, or initiative that is helping to empower women and girls?

To read more about what Unilever is doing to contribute to this Global Goal, click here.


Global Goal 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation 
Ensure availability and suitable management of water and sanitation for all

2.8 billion people live in water-stressed regions. This number is estimated to increase to 4 billion by 2025— more than half the world’s population.

Billions of people also still lack access to effective hygiene, safe drinking water, and a clean and safe toilet. It is estimated that 1,600 children under 5 die each day from diarrhoea caused by the inter-related issues of poor sanitation, hygiene, and unsafe water. 

We are seeking entrepreneurs with initiatives that improve hygiene practices or innovations that improve access to sanitation in remote areas. Or perhaps you are working on an initiative that conserves or reduces the amount of water used across communities, or helps people manage access to water and adopt tools and behaviours that help them use less in the home or at work?

To read more about what Unilever is doing to contribute to this Global Goal, click here.


Global Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy 
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all

Around 1.1 billion people worldwide are still living without access to electricity. Another 2.9 billion rely on wood or other biomass for cooking and heating, resulting in indoor and outdoor air pollution that leads to 4.3 million deaths each year.

Have you developed a product or service that helps give communities access to affordable, clean, safe, low carbon energy? 

To read more about what Unilever is doing to contribute to this Global Goal, click here.


Global Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all

With a growing population, increasing urbanisation, and ongoing mechanisation of jobs, employment will remain a key social issue. Global unemployment was estimated to be nearly 202 million people in 2013, with a youth unemployment rate of more than 12 percent, or some 73 million young people. According to World Bank estimates, 600 million jobs will be needed by 2020.
 
Micro-enterprises are one vital way through which those with low-incomes can escape poverty and contribute significantly to economic growth, social stability, and equity. 

We are looking for entrepreneurs who are working to improve skills, create business opportunities, and provide access to markets to help people develop and grow small-scale enterprises that benefit them and the communities they operate in.

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Global Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production
Ensure responsible consumption and production patterns 

A 70 percent increase in the amount of solid waste generated by urban residents is forecast between now and 2025. The annual cost of solid waste management will increase most severely in low-income countries, and is projected to rise from US $205 billion to $375 billion in a decade.

Are there entrepreneurs out there with ingenious initiatives that help to reduce, reuse and recycle waste throughout the pre-production, production and consumption lifecycle? Initiatives to reduce packaging should demonstrate significant cost benefits in materials, energy and transport.

To read more about what Unilever is doing to contribute to this Global Goal, click here.


Global Goal 13 – Climate Action
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 

The global temperature has risen by 0.8⁰C since pre-industrial levels and scientists now consider that a rise above 2⁰C represents “dangerous” levels of global warming. Climate change is a multiplier of social and environmental risks, and the impacts will be unevenly distributed across the world, including disruption of weather patterns, rising sea levels, decreased ice-cover, and acidification of the oceans.

We are looking for innovative technologies and solutions that build the resilience of communities and economies to “locked-in” climate change, or that can radically reduce the consumption of energy or its carbon intensity.

To read more about what Unilever is doing to contribute to this Global Goal, click here.

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