Implementing New Sustainable Development Goals

881 WordsOct 23, 20154 Pages
The UN has spent recent years drafting a set of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will introduce new targets to be achieved by 2030. Amongst these targets are SDGs that are specific to ensuring access to affordable, sustainable and modern energy for all (UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs). Figuring out if these targets are measurable will be an essential step to figuring out whether or not these targets can be met in time. Whether a target is measurable or not depends largely on the wording of the specific target. A ‘measurable’ target is one where by 2030 we should have tangible evidence that goal has been accomplished (Virginia Edu). The trends that 3 out of the 5 available targets set are that they all have non-quantifiable targets. The targets in question are 7.2, 7.a and 7.b. Those targets use terms such as ‘enhance’, ‘increase substantially’, or ‘expand’ to specify a target. In all 3 cases the terms are indeed metrics to which we can measure the targets. As a result, all 3 targets can be considered measurable. That leaves us with the 2 energy targets 7.3 and 7.1. They are the only 2 in the list that the UN actually quantified. Presuming that the current rate of improvement is actually known, we can measure 7.3 using the essential metric of whether or not that rate is doubled by 2030. For 7.1, the essential metric is that access to modern energy services is pretty much guaranteed worldwide. That includes the world’s poorest. To be able to
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