n Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery - Advancing development goals for health through decent work - : editorial

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1682-5055


It is noteworthy that the year 2015 marks the end of set targets to achieve the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and, the onset of the prioritization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The MDGs provided a shared framework for global action and cooperation on development from 2000 to the end of 2015. The MDGs aim was to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation (UNDP 2000). For the post-2015 era, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been proposed to be used as benchmarks to inform national programmes. Plausibly, SDG 8 highlights that decent work is key for sustainable development and should be a priority for the 2015-post development agenda. This will ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3) and hopefully achieve total eradication of poverty and hunger (SDG1).

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