SDGs in Lebanon

Lebanon’s involvement with the Agenda and the SDGs

Lebanon has been an active participant in the process related to the SDGs. It first contributed through a report to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. Lebanon also participated in national consultations as inputs to the formulation of the SDGs, and then participated in the summits relating to sustainable development and the SDGs, finally endorsing on September 2015 the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.

An integral part of the national consultations, the MY World Survey was also able to provide insights on the public’s priorities for Lebanon for the next 15 years. The MY World Survey is a global online and offline survey for citizens everywhere which aims to demonstrate people’s priorities and views in terms of development, which eventually fed into the definition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

SDGs becoming an opportunity for Lebanon

In addressing many issues that are highly relevant to Lebanon and its residents, including goals on equality, economic growth, governance and the environment, the SDGs are an opportunity for the country to develop an ambitious but achievable shared vision of Lebanon, The Lebanon We Want, for the next fifteen years and beyond.

Lebanon has the necessary tools to achieve significant progress across various aspects of sustainable development. The Lebanese are famous for their entrepreneurial spirit, and the country is an example of coexistence. Lebanon is a hugely resourceful country, which is capable of impressive transformations if all its resources – natural, financial and, particularly, human – are mobilized.

In essence, with a vision and tools, the SDGs are both an opportunity and a challenge for Lebanon. In order to achieve the SDGs and sustainable development in general, difficult decisions will need to be made that balance today’s demands with tomorrow’s needs. The SDGs are also an opportunity to get everyone around the table and re-consider the current way of doing “business as usual” to see if Lebanon – and the Lebanese - can do not only more, but do better, to ensure the land of the cedars a bright, sustainable future and achieve The Lebanon We Want.

Importance of Youth in 2030 Agenda and SDGs

Youth are at the center of the 2030 Agenda. They played a pivotal role in the formulation of this agenda, and also experience the majority of the issues the 2030 Agenda seeks to address. With half the world under the age of 30, youth are at the forefront in promoting a sustainable future for all and the 2030 Agenda, through campaigns such as #Generation2030 and #FirstGeneration.
Youth in Lebanon have expressed their beliefs for a better sustainable future in Lebanon through a photography competition. Check the top 10 pictures below!