Agenda 2030 as PDF
By 2030, poverty in all its forms and dimensions should be eradicated. This is what the United Nations (UN) in Resolution 70/1, known as Agenda 2030 To achieve this, all nations pursue 17 common goals. These Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have been the foundation of development cooperation since their adoption in 2015.
From 2000 to 2015, the UN pursued the Millennium Development Goals, which focused on the global South. In contrast, the SDGs put the onus on everyone, including the Global North.
Together we strive for a balance between society, the economy and the environment. Everyone is called upon to contribute to these goals.
terre des hommes switzerland is active in 9 African and Latin American countries and in Switzerland. With our work, we focus explicitly on the SDG goals 3, 5, 8 and 16 or on their sub-goals. Depending on the focus of our work, however, there are links to other SDGs.
SDG 3: Health and well-being
SDG 5: Gender equality
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Climate and environment roadmap
The two organizations terre des hommes schweiz in Basel and Terre des Hommes Suisse in Geneva have pooled their know-how and drawn up a joint climate and environmental roadmap in 2023. The goal is to implement climate-friendly measures in line with the Paris Agreement. With the roadmap, the Climate Roadmap, Allianz commits to integrating the reduction of its environmental footprint into all key work processes. It does so because of its accountability to beneficiaries and its credibility as a civil society actor working for children and youth rights and climate justice.
Climate and environment roadmap
Relevance of the SDGs for terre des hommes switzerland
"Sustainable development cannot be achieved without peace and security, and peace and security are threatened without sustainable development".
Poverty and violence are closely linked: In the Brazilian favelas, for example, the frustration over discrimination, unemployment and lack of prospects is a breeding ground for gang crime. Under such conditions they find it easy to recruit young people. Everyday violence prevents sustainable development in these areas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every year around 200,000 children and young people between the ages of 10 and 29 are killed worldwide. This makes murder the fourth most common cause of death for this age group. The number of young people injured by violent crime is many times higher. https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/youth-violence
Gangs, so-called maras, have divided the cities of El Salvador among themselves. In hopelessness, they offer their members and sympathisers protection, structures and many also a substitute family. Because of the gang violence, El Salvador regularly climbs to the top ranks of the world's homicide statistics.
One of the reasons for this is the government's repressive approach to the gangs, which often affects innocent people. With young people, a tattoo or an article of clothing is often enough to be suspected. On the other hand, the police need not fear sanctions even in the case of arbitrary and excessive intervention.
Gangs in the Brazilian favelas cast a spell on young people, assert their interests by force and cause police operations. The militarized forces have black youths in particular under general suspicion and quickly open fire, even in densely populated areas.
This is why innocent people regularly die during police operations. There are also indications of illegal arms trafficking: gangs have been known to carry out several murderous attacks with ammunition and weapons from police stocks.
In the provinces of Valle de Cauca, Cauca and Nariño, drug gangs, guerrillas and paramilitaries are fighting for supremacy along the drug trafficking route. Again and again, targeted murders of innocent black and indigenous youth are being committed.
The state does not investigate these crimes sufficiently or at all. Worse still, members of the army also repeatedly commit violent crimes against children and young people.