Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are gold drops to accelerate the development gears of the countries and to promote world peace and harmony. UN and its Partner countries adopted the current sustainable development goals for promoting and stabilizing poverty alleviation; environmental protection; human development; and national welfare and prosperity.

SDGs refers to 17 sustainable goals associated with achievable targets and verifiable indicators. SDGs are able to contribute to  transform the world if implemented effectively as per set policies and guidelines.

This is a fact that UN Partners have diversified political and development perspectives and interests. Nevertheless, the SDGs are able to bring them together in a common platform which can promote world peace and harmony tremendously. This needs full understanding and commitment  by the UN Partner countries to implement the Sustainable Development Goals for mutual benefit of  the respective partner countries and our loving world.

The following slideshow presents the 17 SDGs adopted by the UN and the Partners:

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Background

Human development has been a global concern associated with international development perspective. Human development refers to capability of human being to enjoy the world through better choices  and a decent standard of living amidst self respect and social justice. A long and healthy life; access to knowledge; and a decent standard of living  are the core essence of human development paradigm.

Human Development Index (HDI)

The progress in the arena of human development are measured by  Development Index like Human Development Index (HDI); Gender-related Development Index; Gender Empowerment Measure and the Human Poverty Measure. Human Development Index (HDI) can assess the condition and status of progress and welfare  based on life expectancy, education, per capita income, etc., around the world. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) brings out Human Development Report regularly to focus on this human development situations of nations across the globe. This development pictures are categorized through developing countries, least developed countries and developed countries.

A HDI diagram is presented below for reference.

General

Human Development is the center for all development activities across the world and countries. The ultimate results and targets of all development projects; donor aided projects; activities of donor agencies; and that of UN agencies ; aims at improving  the human development index, human welfare and social justice for all human being. This again needs full commitment and dedication by all concerned.

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Background

ILO has initiated the concept of Decent Work. Decent Work  has been integrated as a component of SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and promoted by the Partners of the UN countries.

What is Decent Work?

The core value of Decent Work  involves  a work situation that  is productive and at the same time delivers a fair income for the workers involved. This again prompts us to argue that Decent Work does not only mean  an access to work but it also points to the qualitative mix  of works that affects the  workers at large.

Why Decent Work?

Experiences  indicate that workers care for the Decent Work and the  Decent Work improves work efficiency and productivity significantly that adds value to progress and development of any country overtime

Elements of Decent Work

Decent work contains different elements that induce different functional capabilities of decent work. Elements  of  Decent Work  are presented in below diagram:

Benefit of Decent Work

Multiple benefits result from the implementation of decent work strategies. The below figure shows typical  benefit of Decent Work:

Challenges of Decent Work

Implementation of Decent Work strategies cannot go without any challenge. A few        such major challenges of decent work include the following:

  • Clear Policies and laws relating to decent work to be defined and formulated by the UN Partner countries.
  • A useful and precise information base to be established and monitored on regular basis.
  • Adoption of positive attitude and work ethics by the workers.
  • Vulnerable groups of workers (disabled, migrant workers, etc.)  should have access to decent work.
  • Extent of willingness of the Government, the workers and the employers to effectively participate  in the process of implementing  decent work.

General

One estimate indicates that  effective implementation of Decent Work and economic growth strategies can enable over 800 million more workers in developing countries to earn the fair wage they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

Justifiably the UN Partner countries need to implement the Decent Work principles and strategies with much dedication and commitment in order to be able to facilitate and accelerate the intended progress and development of respective countries overtime.

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