Sustainable Development Goals
On 25 September 2015, world leaders gathered at the UN in New York to endorse a very ambitious agenda to alleviate poverty and inequality.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are set to become the new framework for poverty relief and reducing inequality around the world over the next 15 years.
Unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which only applied to developing countries, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will apply to all countries, including Australia.
Importantly, the SDG targets make reference to neglected tropical diseases and universal health coverage, a sign of progression from the previous silo view of health and also include multiple references to disability.
This innovative agenda will be an instrumental advocacy tool for the work of Vision 2020 Australia and members who are involved in: local and global eye care; health promotion; low vision support; vision rehabilitation; eye research; professional assistance; and community support.
The SDG framework presents a unique opportunity to leverage off and ensure that eye health and vision care remains high on the health, disability and international development agendas of governments in Australia.
It is essential that the eye health and vision care sector make full use of the SDGs to campaign for our shared agenda: the elimination of avoidable blindness and vision loss and the full participation of people who are blind or vision impaired in the community.