Why Is SDG-1 Important?

No Poverty highlights the manifestations of poverty: hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. While global poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 2000, one in ten people in developing regions are still living on less than the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day, and millions more make little more than this daily amount. To learn more about SDG-1 click here.

Why Is SDG-2 Important?

Approximately 815 million people are undernourished worldwide, a figure that is expected to increase as the population grows and as climate change disrupts agricultural production. The impacts of hunger are both immediate and long-lasting — it is responsible for mortality and stunting in children and can lead to lifelong health conditions. If efforts to meet this growing challenge and achieve zero hunger are to succeed, changes are needed to make food and agriculture systems more sustainable, efficient, and accessible. Learn more about SDG-2 at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-3 Important?

SDG 3 seeks to promote health and well-being for all. While the overall health of the world’s population has improved, many population groups have been left behind. Many diseases remain widespread and deadly yet are preventable with access to appropriate healthcare. Unsafe drinking water, polluted air, and poor housing conditions are all linked with negative health impacts, and the goal calls for change in each of these areas. Progress in SDG 3 means stronger, more productive individuals and communities, and fulfills the basic requirement of good health for the successful pursuit of many other SDGs. To learn more about SDG-3 visit Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-4 Important?

Quality Education seeks to not only increase the number of children in school but to enhance the quality of education and boost learning outcomes. A good education is pivotal for successful lives and strong communities, but over 250 million school-aged youth around the world are not in school, and disparities in access to educational resources and outcomes remain strong. Without renewed efforts to address these challenges, many children will be left behind without the knowledge and skills to adapt to a rapidly changing world. Learn more about SDG-4, Quality Education, at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-5 Important?

Gender Equality targets the systemic barriers women face and aims to transform cycles of disempowerment into cycles of empowerment. Women are too often denied access to healthcare, education, financial services, housing, and employment, or face significant roadblocks to such access. Not only are these services linked to basic human rights, but each is a fundamental building block for autonomy and agency. Though it is a large task, contributions to this goal can reinforce one another from many angles. Learn more about SDG-5 and how you can get involved in gender equality at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-6 Important?

Clean Water and Sanitation recognize that access to clean water and sanitation can materially improve the living conditions of even the world’s poorest citizens while preventing millions of unnecessary deaths annually. A lack of access to clean water affects people’s lives in myriad ways including their access to nutritious foods, levels of health, and ultimately, their financial well-being. Find more about SDG-6 at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-7 Important?

SDG-7 aims to ensure universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy services, with an emphasis on renewable energy. Central to this goal is expanding the infrastructure and enhancing the technology for supplying energy in developing countries. Affordable and clean energy are crucial to the achievement of almost all of the Sustainable Development Goals. While progress towards SDG-7 has been made in recent years, it falls short of what will be needed to meet the targets for 2030. To go deeper into the details of SDG-7 and learn how you too can make an impact visit Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-8 Important?

SDG-8 seeks to strengthen inclusive economic growth and promote decent, productive work for all. Even with current levels of growth, it is estimated that the number of unemployed globally will rise due to expanding labor forces. Progress towards SDG-8 requires both the creation of new jobs and steps to make work conditions fair and decent. To accomplish these goals and encourage growth, the provision of basic energy, tech, transportation, and education services is crucial. To learn more about SDG-8 and impact investing visit us at cornerstonecapinc.com.

Why Is SDG-9 Important?

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development and are key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges. Promoting sustainable industries and investing in scientific research and innovation are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development. More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90% are from the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensuring equal access to information and knowledge, as well as fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. Visit the Cornerstone Capital website for a more comprehensive breakdown of SDG-9.

Why Is SDG-10 Important?

As progress is made to develop communities and economies, SDG 10 works to leave no one behind in the process. The share of the global population living in poverty has declined substantially in this century, but the benefits have been concentrated in a few countries, and have not accrued for disadvantaged groups within countries. Addressing inequality is not only key in poverty reduction — it also combats unequal opportunities today that would otherwise lead to unequal outcomes tomorrow. Learn more about SDG-10 at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-11 Important?

Sustainable Cities & Communities encompasses both the challenges and opportunities presented by the increasing concentration of our global population both in urban centers and smaller but still heavily populated towns. By 2050, an additional 2.4 billion people are expected to be living in urban areas as this trend continues. Cities put a strain on natural resources in surrounding regions, and present difficulties in terms of creating housing and transportation systems that are both sustainable and inclusive. On a positive note, dense population means that sustainable solutions to urban challenges can improve the lives for many at once. Find out more about sustainable cities and communities at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-12 Important?

Sustainable Consumption and Production is about promoting resource and energy efficiency, sustainable infrastructure, and providing access to basic services, green and decent jobs, and a better quality of life for all. Its implementation helps to achieve overall development plans, reduce future economic, environmental and social costs, strengthen economic competitiveness and reduce poverty. Find more information about SDG-12 at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-13 Important?

Climate Action highlights the societal imperative to take urgent action to combat climate change and its devastating impacts through policy, awareness-raising, and adaptation and mitigation strategies. The effects of climate change can be seen on every continent. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are now at their highest levels in history. Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3°C this century. Climate change is disrupting national economies and individual lives, with the poorest and most vulnerable people suffering the most. Learn more about SDG-13 and the impacts it can have at Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-14 Important?

Life Below Water focuses on the critical role played by oceans, along with coastal and marine resources, in contributing to human well-being as well as economic opportunity. The oceans provide food for the world’s growing population, and our rainwater and drinking water are ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. However, ocean health and marine life are threatened by overfishing, pollution, and acidification. To get a deeper understanding of SDG-14, Life Below Water, visit Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-15 Important?

SDG-15 aims to ensure and enhance the health of earth’s terrestrial ecosystems by encouraging sustainable land use and land protection. The past decades have seen a rise in challenges to this goal in the form of global deforestation and the loss of biodiversity. A deteriorating environment undermines the livelihoods of millions of people who no longer benefit from reliable sources of food, water and countless other services provided by healthy ecosystems. Fortunately, progress can be made through smarter development planning and reducing practices that pollute air and water. To find out what the specific processes can be used to benefit SDG-15 visit Cornerstone Capital.

Why Is SDG-16 Important?

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions highlights the role of governments and institutions in promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels. To achieve the SDGs, governments and private institutions must be held accountable. Corruption, crime, bribery, and any number of unacceptable behaviors that are rampant in countries around the world must be addressed and ultimately eradicated. Moreover, violence against marginalized groups – whether on the basis of religion, geography, class, race, ethnicity or other factors – must be stopped. The realization of peace and justice and access to such things as housing, education, healthcare, food, and nutrition requires strong institutions and governments that are held accountable for putting the needs of their people above the interests of their leaders. Click here to learn more about the different aspects of SDG-16.

Why Is SDG-17 Important?

Partnerships for the Goals recognizes the need to implement and revitalize global partnerships to support sustainable development. Robust partnerships between regulators, policymakers and the private sector are necessary to achieve each of the SDGs. Regulators, who operate under a legal mandate to set and enforce rules for market compliance, must balance such priorities as market growth, transparency, competition, stability, and safety to minimize turbulence and risk, while enabling needed advancements. Policymakers must coordinate efforts to create logical and coherent frameworks for macroeconomic stability, and to mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology, and financial resources to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries. Examples of synergies between SDG 17 and other goals are highlighted on Cornerstone Capital.