The YP-CDN will be featuring a unique series highlighting how each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is tied to social justice and non-communicable (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
We want YOU to submit your ideas for writing a blog post on a particular SDG and how it is related to both NCDs and social justice. We are still looking for submissions on SDGs 4-9 and 12-17. Submit today at email@example.com!
Your article can also focus on any particular issue within any of the 17 SDGs (it need not focus on the whole SDG!). We want you to bring these crucial topics to light (whether it be a global perspective, or a local example).
Though much progress has been made in these areas, there still remained much work to be done. There was also a noticeable absence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the MDGs. This was a major drawback with the MDGs since NCDs are the leading cause of death worldwide (responsible for ~36 million out of the 57 million total deaths each year; 80% of NCDs are also in developing countries). The Sustainable Development Goals were agreed upon and set in motion last year.
The global community set 17 targets. Though NCDs were finally included (in SDG #3, which focuses on health), their importance shouldn't be confined to only one SDG. Indeed, NCDs are directly tied into economic inequalities, climate change, and also gender inequalities, which comprise the other SDGs. As the global community seeks to improve the well-being of citizens worldwide, they should not forget first and foremost that they should address the root causes of the leading cause of death worldwide.
For instance, rather than simply focusing on treatment and primary prevention of heart disease and diabetes, countries can focus on SDGs that address the root causes of NCDs; namely, the social determinants of health such as economic inequalities, education, and many other factors.