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22/02/2017 - ICROSS focus on the UN sustainable goals 2017

ICROSS has just completed a team workshop on the UN sustainable development  goals  which are detailed in depth athttp://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

These goals can only be attained through multi lateral, bilateral and global network partnerships. For over thirty years ICROSS has  been developing close working relationships with International associations, organisations, lobby groups, networks and campaign initiatives. Equally important ICROSS has  developed long term partnerships with communities and local groups at village level.

In the context of our Strategic plan 2015-2020 the sustainable development  goals  that we are focusing on as an NGO are below and will be discussed  in depth in the ICROSS Annual Report 2016 which will be released in March 2017.


  1. No Poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
    • Extreme poverty has been cut by more than half since 1990- however, more than 1 in 5 people live on less than $1.25 a day
    • Poverty is more than lack of income or resources- it includes lack of basic services, such as education, hunger, social discrimination and exclusion, and lack of participation in decision making.
    • Gender inequality plays a large role in the perpetuation of poverty and it's risks; They then face potentially life-threatening risks from early pregnancy, and often lost hopes for an education and a better income.
    • Age groups are affected differently when struck with poverty; its most devastating effects are on children, to whom it poses a great threat. It affects their education, health, nutrition, and security. It also negatively affects the emotional and spiritual development of children through the environment it creates.


  1. Zero Hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
    • Globally, 1 in 9 people are undernourished, the vast majority of these people live in developing countries
    • Agriculture is the single largest employer in the world, providing livelihoods for 40 per cent of today’s global population. It is the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households. Women comprise on average 43 per cent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries, and over 50 per cent in parts of Asia and Africa, yet they only own 20% of the land.
    • Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45 per cent) of deaths in children under five – 3.1 million children each year.
    • ICROSS has  been fighting hunger since 1983 and continues in 2017 to fight malnutrition.


  1. Good Health and Well-being -
    • Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality, and major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS.
    • However, only half of women in developing countries have received the health care they need, and the need for family planning is increasing exponentially, while the need met is growing slowly - more than 225 million women have an unmet need for contraception.
    • An important target is to substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from pollution-related diseases.


  1. Quality Education -
    • Major progress has been made for education access, specifically at the primary school level, for both boys and girls. However, access does not always mean quality of education, or completion of primary school. Currently, 103 million youth worldwide still lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women
    • Target 1 "By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes"- shows the commitment to nondiscriminatory education outcomes
  2. Gender Equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls[24]
    • Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large
    • While a record 143 countries guaranteed equality between men and women in their Constitutions by 2014, another 52 had not taken this step. In many nations, gender discrimination is still woven through legal and social norms
    • Though goal 5 is the gender equality stand-alone goal- the SDG's can only be successful if women are completely integrated into each and every goal
  3. Clean Water and Sanitation - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all[25]
  4. Affordable and Clean Energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all We are working with our partners Biogas International towards extending Biogas.


  1. Partnerships for the Goals - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development[36]


Please check out our strategic plan and Annual  report for more  on our programmes and policies 2015-2020

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