Just over five years ago the United Nations announced a radical plan to change the world. A list was drawn up of sustainable development goals – 17 of them in total – to create a blueprint for a better future. Goals like gender equality, good health and eliminating poverty. Project 17, an ambitious BBC World Service radio and podcast series made in partnership with The Open University, explores what's happening five years on.
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Seventeen 17-year-olds tell us what they want from the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
27th January 2021 at 1:32PM
In 2015 the United Nations announced a radical plan to change the world.
Global leaders drew up a list of 17 "sustainable development goals" to create a blueprint for a better future. The goals cover things like gender equality, access to clean water, a good education and much more. Now, 17-year-olds from 17 different countries tell us what they think needs to be done.
Lanre Adeleye lives in a poor part of Leeds in the UK. He has spoken to teachers, other teenagers, the former UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and an influential member of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, to find out why poverty still affects so many people in one of the world’s richest countries.
Seventeen-year-old Rosa Angelica lives in a Mayan community. As many as 80% of Mayan children in Guatemala suffer from malnutrition. Rosa Angelica has spoken to volunteers, activists and even a government minister to try to find out what Guatemala should be doing if it is to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.
Victoline lives in Kenya and she suffered from malaria a few years ago. She wants to know if a new vaccine could eradicate the disease in Africa and stop hundreds of thousands of children from dying every year. She talks to doctors, politicians and other teenagers about the science, the economics and the practicalities of fighting malaria.
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