ebbf acting on SDGs
why is ebbf involved?
At a Summit at the UN General Assembly on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people everywhere.
The ebbf Governing Board considers that the new UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be an important inspiration for ebbf. Many of the goals that governments have adopted are aligned with ebbf’s own values. A new section of the ebbf web site includes relevant materials, including a list of SDG targets relevant to business, and a selection of Baha’i texts relevant to each of the SDGs.
The SDGs are also an opportunity for partnerships with many like-minded groups and individuals. The 2030 Agenda involves governments as well as parliaments, the UN system and other international institutions, local authorities, indigenous peoples, civil society, business and the private sector, the scientific and academic community, and all people. All of us can take up this agenda and contribute to its implementation. Many organizations with whom ebbf partners such as AIESEC are already mobilizing around the SDGs.
The United Nations may seem far removed from our local actions in our work places and communities, yet the 2030 Agenda is a call for justice for everyone, leaving no one behind. We need to look at the global goals and aspirations as if they were addressed to each of us, and to our enterprises and local communities, and to ask what we can do to reach them at our own level. You can find here further information, and share your ideas and local activities with the ebbf teams and the Governing Board, writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
ebbf's UN Global Compact SDG commitment letter
click here to download the 2018 ebbf letter of commitment
There you will read ebbf's commitments and highlights of SDG-related activities that ebbf and its members created most recently around the world.
How can you get involved?
Get started now with one of the options that the ebbf board highlighted listed below and then attend the summary event of the ebbf SDG initiative taking place at the next ebbf annual international events.
Write to the ebbf SDGs Team coordinated by Arthur Dahl to find out more about getting involved: email@example.com
Examples or practical actions you can take
(a) Showcase how ebbf ground work is helping a new world civilisation to emerge, in sync with Agenda 2030
Offer a lecture and/or prepare a statement on how ebbf efforts are connected in multiple ways and levels, how efforts are in sync with the rest of the world which is through positive development efforts like Agenda 2030 changing the world, and how one can fulfil the two-fold moral purpose of every human being
Communication campaign around applying spiritual principles and its connection with Agenda 2030
(b) Offer ebbf as platform for people inspired by Agenda 2030 to work towards global goals using spiritual principles of ebbf
Prepare a package of materials how to run a local event for youth and young professionals about necessity of having deeper, spiritual solutions, and how in practice world changes, and how doing that is helping end goals of Agenda 2030 to fulfil
Create a separate page for Agenda 2030 and ebbf, to grab people who are willing to promote Agenda 2030 vision but are searching for more profound spiritual solutions, and not just those solutions everyone else is offering (already implemented!)
Create video interviews of people who have pledged their time and effort and let them explain how they are, in practice, helping bring about change
Help to build a community of people, who with sense of belongingness share the passion to do something, who go ahead and do things already, and help them to see themselves as both ebbf members and as active promoters of Agenda 2030
Prepare a slide show to give a talk in a collaborative university and business setting how Agenda 2030 is bringing purpose and direction of travel for students to leave a mark and businesses to create meaningful mission and workplaces where individual purpose syncs with business goals.
For more information, contact the ebbf SDGs Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org