One of the most exciting aspects of the Global Goals is their interconnectedness. Previously, the multiple areas of development have been treated rather separately within their own categories. Now, however, we have a way to explore how social, environmental and economic development are all related to one another. This year, we are exploring how each goal and their associated targets need to see the achievement of each other in order to be fulfilled as a whole.
Goal 8 aims to ensure everyone has the ability to find decent employment which in a safe and supportive workplace to protect them from living in poverty and to ensure that the economy continues to grow to support sustained development into the future, and Goal 11 aims to ensure human settlements, both urban and rural, are inclusive, resilient and sustainable.
The most direct linkage between these two goals is Target 11.5: By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations.
Aside from this target, many of the targets of Goal 11 require financial resources for mobilisation, which will come from a strong and growing economy with many people participating through decent jobs.
To find out more about these two goals and their interrelatedness, you can read more by visiting #Goal8: #DecentWork and #EconomicGrowth and #Goal11: #SustainableCities and #SustainableCommunities.