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[SDGs] Why we don't present examples of the 17 goals and 169 targets

I don't teach the SDGs by memorising the 17 goals and 169 targets; we teach the skills that will enable us to do activities that contribute to sustainability, which is at the heart of the SDGs. The SDGs are a promise between countries, and no individual is responsible for achieving them as a country. If you do something good for the environment, society or the economy, you automatically contribute to the SDGs. Due to political implications, lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBTQ) issues are not included in the SDGs. Still, it would be difficult to find any other global problem that the SDGs do not cover.

However, we understand that many people want to know what the 17 goals and 169 targets are. It's great that you want to learn more about the SDGs out of curiosity. We've got the best website for you. Just click on it and type in the SDG target you want to find out about. You'll get answers to everything.

It's a bit of a joke, but it's not a joke - what's the point of going through 169 targets one at a time if you can find it on Google in about a minute? I can also make this kind of material with outsourcing sites like Upwork for about $5 per target, and I can produce a report for you. Would you spend an hour of class time looking at these materials? Everyone has different interests in society and environments. You have limited time in your life, so you can't work on all 169 targets. There will be no university exam or job interview where you will have to write a detailed case example on the SDGs. If a university or company asks you to do this, you should not join. Such companies and universities do not understand the nature of the SDGs and will not satisfy your desire to "contribute to sustainability".

What is important is that you can explore your interest in depth. Getting skill is not an easy thing to do. We know that systematic management books and university textbooks are essential, but they are difficult to read. On the other hand, business books written by entrepreneurs who have made a name for themselves in the business world and divide their success stories into appropriate categories are not challenging to read, so reading a non-fiction novel and feeling refreshed afterwards. That's why these adventurous business books sell so well, but textbooks like the ones in university libraries don't sell so well.

What if we say we will teach the SDGs and make a comic book about each case? I don't think that reading those cartoons will help you do something that contributes to the SDGs.

That's why I teach "Sustainability concept changed since the Earth Summit in Rio" and "Needs for a vision because of the difference with the MDGs". Related to this, I teach you how to analyse and write reports to understand the current situation. This week we explained how to make a hypothesis. The first part of making a hypothesis, the intuition, and the last part, where you make your position, will not be handed over to a computer so quickly, even with the development of AI technology. That's what we want the young generation to be able to do, and that's why we run SDG courses that focus on developing these skills.

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