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At the heart of what we do: The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Words by Amy Packham

Smiley Movement is a platform for change – one that hopes to inspire optimism, help charities better engage with the public, and drive forward positive impact in our world.

We share stories about people who go above and beyond and push boundaries to make our world a better place to live.

And while we might share stories about those who are passionately protecting our environment, or helping reduce inequality in their community, there is one thing that ties everything we do together: the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Since Smiley Movement was launched, these have been our north star. Everything we produce, everything we strive for, matches the UN's 17 goals. They are a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

Set up in 2015, the UN General Assembly hoped the goals would be achieved by 2030. As that date nears closer, we want to platform the people, the businesses, and the organisations who are striving towards them, too.

You'll see all our articles are tagged with four main categories – planet, equality, wellbeing, and culture . All the UN goals fit within these four main contain pillars

PLANET: Goal 7, Affordable and Clean Energy; Goal 12, Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 13, Climate Action; Goal 14, Life Below Water; Goal 15, Life on Land.

EQUALITY: Goal 1, No Poverty; Goal 2, Zero Hunger; Goal 5, Gender Equality; Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities.

WELLBEING: Goal 3, Good Health and Wellbeing; Goal 6, Clean Water and Sanitation.

CULTURE: Goal 4, Quality Education; Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions; Goal 17, Partnership for the Goals.

We are always looking for ways to help spread the message of the UN SDGs. If you, or someone you know, is working towards them, too – we'd love to hear from you. Get in touch by emailing [email protected].


This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

17. Partnerships For The Goals