The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) touch on the core ambition of humanity and have induced the most audacious steps by nations across the globe to galvanize action to end the greatest challenges facing mankind. The 17 globally resolved goals seek to address every strand of the complex problems that pose a threat to our collective wellbeing. As stated in the Declaration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the goals are set “to build upon the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals and seek to address their unfinished business”.
Truly, the unfinished business spans across many aspects of our existence.
The most pernicious of these global challenges, one which has weakened the fiber of almost all living societies is POVERTY and rightly occupies a conspicuous position on the list of SDGs. The dehumanizing condition of extreme poverty permeates every culture and has been the cause of protracted wars, persistent crimes and death of countless victims. Recent reports by the UN indicates that decline of global extreme poverty continues, but has slowed. The deceleration indicates that the world is not on track to achieve the target of less than 3 per cent of the world living in extreme poverty by 2030.
Hence Goal 1 calls for an end to poverty in all its manifestations by 2030. Among the Priority actions on poverty eradication are:
It is widely acknowledged that poverty is a complex multidimensional problem with roots reaching deep into both the national and international domains. As a result, no uniform solution can be found for global application. Rather, country-specific programmes to tackle poverty with a supportive national environment, is crucial for a solution to this problem.
The critical role of entrepreneurship has been widely acknowledged to be part of the broader effort to end poverty. In Ghana, the government has revealed its commitment to contribute to global efforts to end extreme poverty through an ambitious development plan (formulated by NDPC) and institutional support systems (e.g. NEIP) to drive entrepreneurial growth and reduce poverty. Even so, the trajectory toward the end of poverty has been rough and uneven amidst significant progress. Hence, as an organized group of young entrepreneurs, GYER seeks to hasten the discussion around this all-important goal (Goal 1) through its maiden Conversation4Change. C4Change is a series of expert-led forum to deepen understanding of the 17 SDGs in modules with the goal of encouraging privatesector resolutions to increase gains on all the goals.
It is thus expected that C4Change will engender serious thought and place entrepreneurs at the center of achieving measurable outcome on the SDGs.