What are the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
Adopted in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet.
How do we demonstrate commitment to our SDG Responsibility as an NGO through the H+ | Pillars?
Founded by Artistic Director Safi A. Thomas over 25 years ago, H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory's mission to preserve, evolve, and proliferate the art form of Hip-Hop Dance correspond to Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). Our arts organization in all of its 25 initiatives adheres to Goal 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) which 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 mission is executed through Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) wherein we, as an arts organization of Civil Society, partner with the government and private sector to bring our six H+ | Pillars to life and complete our next 20-year prospectus (2013 - 2033) to cultivate sustainability and longevity in the arts, both nationally and internationally. Our Pedagogy Pillar addresses Goal 4 (Quality Education). Our Repertory Pillar addresses Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure). Our Advocacy Pillar addresses Goal 5 (Gender Equality) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities). Our Medical Research Pillar addresses Goal 3 (Good Health and Well Being), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). Our Infrastructure Pillar addresses Goal 1 (No Poverty), Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 3 (Good Health and Well Being), Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). Our Design Pillar addresses Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure).
In conclusion, we, H+ | The Hip- Hop Dance Conservatory, are committed to The UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17 through our mission to build an environment of sustainability and longevity in our craft.
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