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Give Water this Christmas


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

At the global level, CWS recognises the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as one opportunity to address some of the factors that drive poverty and injustice.

In September 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly world leaders signed up to seventeen ambitious goals that if achieved would transform the world as we know it. From the first goal to “End Poverty in all its forms everywhere” to the 17th requiring a strong commitment to partnership and cooperation, nations agreed to a vision ‘to leave no one behind’. Alongside the goals are 169 targets – for example free and equitable primary and secondary school education for all – and the expectation that nations will report on their achievements. Governments are collecting the relevant statistics and dates are set for reporting.

Built on the successful eight Millennium Development Goals that halved the number of people living in poverty and gave 2.6 billion people access to improved drinking water, these new goals are intended to benefit everyone. In 2000 when the MDGs came into effect, climate change and the state of the environment were not seen as strongly linked to development. By 2015, they were unavoidable. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be led and owned by individual nations. The interconnected goals were adopted by and for all countries, including Aotearoa New Zealand.

Estimates vary markedly, but one UN agency suggests they will cost US$5-7 trillion to implement but could open up US$12 trillion of market opportunities, substantially improve health and wellbeing, and create 380 million jobs.

Far from being a nice wish list aimed at poor people, these goals are highly political. We need to find ways to forge new agreements for a shared and sustainable future rather than fight over shrinking resources. To meet the aspirations of people needing food, decent work and protection will require deliberate action. This new agenda offers a mechanism for rebalancing the global economy in the interests of the majority.

Our partners can reach communities where governments cannot go. They know that change happens when people work together, sharing knowledge and skills. Donations to the Christmas Appeal will give them the resources to help more people.


Give Life at Christmas

 “in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.”  John 1:4

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