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How we committed to save the world

The 20th century was an era of many advances but also the cradle of many negative situations in all areas of human development. The world went through extreme crisis, human despotisms and environmental atrocities these attempted against social justice and equality. Unemployment became a generalization and poverty came to stay. 

At some point a very small part of humanity starts becoming aware of what is going on around them and to grow conscience about the devastating effect and its impact on human beings and all living creatures. 

The efforts to combat this situation formally begin in 1992 Rio+20 Declaration on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability and then in the year 2000 the UN Millennium Declaration.

"Recognizing the success of these objectives - and the fact that a new development agenda was needed after 2015 - countries agreed in 2012 in Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development to establish an open working group to develop a set of priorities .

After many months of collaboration and negotiation, UN Member States designed a set of 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development that frame the international agenda and policies over the next 15 years. These ambitious goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will build on the successes of the previous Millennium Development Goals. The 17 global goals and their 169 targets are focused on protecting our planet and its lifeforms, and ensuring prosperity for the present and future generations.

Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations. They must be achieved within the upcoming 15 years.

Vida Volunteer Costa Rica as civil society organization joins the Federation of Social Organizations in 2015 and through this alliance, we also become part of the process that the United Nations is leading in our country to unite organizations and carry out a unified proposal.

Hand in hand with our sister organizations we have developed an official document containing our priorities which was presented to the governmental authorities last August 22nd

Our country made ​​history last September 9th when it became the first country to sign the National Pact that confirms our commitment to humanity, the planet and its priorities. Vida Volunteer is part of the 1st generation that promises to save the world!

By Lorena Barrantes
Project Coordinator