On September 25th, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations. The broad goals are interrelated though each has its own targets to achieve. The total number of targets is 169. The SDGs cover a broad range of social and economic development issues.
These include poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment, and social justice. The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Los Angeles supports these 17 global goals.
Six (6) of the Sustainable Development Goals are directly aligned with our initiatives. They are listed below:
Food Security, Nutritious Meals and Renewed Emphasis on Agriculture
It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food. If done right, agriculture, forestry, and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes while supporting people-centered rural development and protecting the environment. Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests, and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded.
The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development and is central to hunger and poverty eradication. Our Caribbean School Feeding and Nutrition Program aligns with the United Nations' Zero Hunger Sustainable Goal.
Good Health & Well Being
Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being of all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality.
Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. However, many more efforts are needed to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases and address many different persistent and emerging health issues.
Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people's lives and sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools, particularly for women and girls.
Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.
Our Annual Back-To-School School Supplies Program and our Caribbean Libraries Initiative align with the United Nations' Quality Education Sustainable Goal.
Peace, Justice &
Promote justice, peaceful and inclusive societies
The Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. Our Social Justice and Sustainable Development aligns with The United Nations' Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions Sustainable Goal.
Help in the Caribbean
The water crisis is massive. But together, we can solve it. Join the spring our community of monthly givers, to bring clean and safe water to families around the Caribbean. Every single day millions of people lack basic access to clean and safe drinking water. We’re on a mission to change that. We believe that sustainable work is locally-led.
Along with implementing community-owned water projects, our local partners help facilitate comprehensive water, sanitation, and hygiene programming to protect everyone’s long-term health. Less time collecting water means more time in class. Clean water and proper toilets at school mean teenage girls don’t have to stay home for a week out of every month. Diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.
The world is in the midst of a global sanitation crisis – about 2.3 billion people lack access to even basic sanitation services. Ensuring people around the world have access to basic sanitation services is vital to preventing the spread of infectious diseases and protecting our health. [source: CDC]
Some of the Caribbean countries suffer from the sanitation infrastructure in the Western Hemisphere. This initiative will take place in the Caribbean countries, including Haiti that suffers from the worse sanitation infrastructure in the Caribbean. The goals of this program are: to provide sustainable access to sanitation.