Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
the Shrine of Humanity’s Living and
The remainder of this century must be dedicated to rebuilding the shrine of man's living, to reconstructing the form of humanity's life, to reconstituting the new civilisation upon the foundations of the old, and to the reorganising of the structures of world thought, world politics, plus the redistribution of the world's resources in conformity to divine purpose. Then and only then will it be possible to carry the revelation [of the spiritual mysteries] further.1
Envisioning a world of
universal respect for human rights and human
dignity, identified by the rule of law, justice,
equality and non-discrimination, distinguished by
Good Governance, respect for race, ethnicity and
cultural diversity and forging equal opportunity,
which will permit the full realization of human
potential and contribute to shared prosperity, in
September 2015, the 193 Member States of the United
Nations General Assembly agreed to commit to the 17
Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
envisioning a world which invests in its children
wherein every child grows up free from violence and
exploitation, the 2030 Agenda is guided by the
purposes and principles of the Charter of the United
Nations, including full respect for international
law. Grounded in the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights, international human rights treaties as
well as the Millennium Declaration adopted in the
year 2000 and the 2005 World Summit Outcome
Document, this Agenda strives to create a world in
which every country enjoys sustained, inclusive and
sustainable economic growth and decent work for
all—within a world that is just, equitable,
tolerant, open and socially inclusive –a world in
which the needs of the most vulnerable are noted,
Sustainability is an all-important foundational attribute of this Agenda, which strives to create a world in which consumption and production patterns and use of all natural resources are sustainable and result in a harmonious relationship among humanity, nature, wildlife and all other living species.
Recognizing the scale and ambition of this universal Agenda, the designers of this blueprint for humanity and the planet were determined to take bold and transformative steps that are thought to be urgently needed. Forged over two years of intensive public consultations and engagement with civil society and other stakeholders around the world, paying particular attention to the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable, the Agenda’s Goals are to be realized by 2030.
Acknowledging that current world conditions are critical and most challenging and that the survival of many societies as well as the biological support systems of the planet are at risk, the framers of this Agenda also recognize that we are living in a time of immense opportunity.
Three years into this Plan, with 12 years before the deadline, what progress has been made?
the benefit of The Sustainable Development Goals
Report, 2018 to help them evaluate their
progress, the High Level Political Forum on
Sustainable Development, recently met at the United
Nations (9-18 July) to answer this question.
Including UN Member States, business leaders,
mayors, the scientific community, foundations, UN
agencies and civil society organizations, more than
2000 representatives participated.
confirmed the data in the Report: much progress has
been made, yet mounting challenges also exist.
Among the hurdles cited are climate change,
conflicts, inequality, poverty, rapid urbanization,
rising trade tensions and elevated debt levels.
Marie Chatardová, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) confirmed that “new ways of making policies are taking root, with many examples of more inclusive and evidence-based approaches…but, generally, not at a sufficient speed to realize the SDGs by 2030.”
General Assembly President Miroslav Lajčák equally emphasized the progress made, and the need for urgent action, while also pointing out that “the world would be a very scary place” because without the 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda, “unilateralism, protectionism and extremism would have even larger draws.”
Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed provided the prescriptive solution for future success: “The transformation promised will only be achieved by engaging all actors right across society”—a point underscored by Ms. Chatardová: “we need your tireless efforts and commitments if we are to reach our collective goals for a better world.”
1 The Destiny of the Nations, by Alice A. Bailey, Copyright © Renewed 1977 by Lucis Trust, NY, p. 106. Although this book was first published in the middle of last century, it is today most relevant. It provides the spiritual context through which to better understand and appreciate the importance of today’s efforts to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda—the UN’s “Plan of Action for People Planet and Prosperity—17 Goals to Transform Our World,” which can be found as a 41-page PDF on-line.