What is Sustainable Development?

The great challenges humanity faces are to ensure that all people have the same opportunities to live a better life without compromising our planet. Therefore, the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) are a call from the United Nations to every country in the world to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

What are the Sustainable Development Goal?

The SDGs cover different aspects of social development, environmental protection and economic growth. It is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030. In September 2015, 193 world leaders, including Malaysia, committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to put an end to poverty, hunger and inequality worldwide

How Artroom 22 Contribute to the Sustainability?

Artroom 22 works towards achieving 9 main goals for a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world. Artroom 22’s commitment to sustainability can be understood as the support for economic growth, social progress, innovation and environmental balance.

In Artroom 22, our drive is to sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. However, the biggest challenge in achieving the SDGs is the lack of education, lack of means and lack of information to the public. Therefore, Artroom 22’s role here is to bridge the gap. We believe that art is the best way to transfer and deliver the message, as it is even understandable by the illiterate or innumerate.

At Artroom 22, we focus on the following 9 Goals, especially in Asia while expanding to the world.

 

PROBLEMS

Although Asia made great progress regarding the economic growth in the past few years, almost half of the poorest people on the world are staying in this region. With reference to the World Bank’s report in 2018, there are 783 million people currently living with less than US$1.90 per day. 33% of those people live in South Asia, whereas 9% located at East Asia and the Pacific.

Poverty leads to malnutrition which is especially severe among children. They do not get enough nutrition and this results in unhealthy digestive and immune systems. According to UNICEF in 2017, more than half of all stunted children under the age of 5 live in Asia. Furthermore, Asia is the place for more than 60% of the total slum population. Dharavi Slum in India is the largest Slum in Asia. Urban poor are living there with limited resources and struggling to survive.

OUR TARGETS

In order to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality for economic growth, we have to ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources. This includes programmes through enhanced development cooperation. Artroom 22 strives to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes to end poverty in all its dimensions. We hold programmes such as bringing the local arts and crafts in less developed countries known to the world, ensure funding ro reach to the ones in need, and more.

PROBLEMS

Almost half of the world’s child labourers are located in Asia Pacific region according to International Labour Organization 2017 (ILO). Children are often send to work at young age to earn extra income for the family. As a result, the family is trapped in the poverty cycle because no one gets a proper education to break the cycle. Besides that, children are often being exploited at work place. They work long hours everyday in exchange for a little amount of money. In addition, there is nearly 30% of adults in South Asia are not capable of reading, writing and counting. Educational achievement gaps persist between high and low income neighbourhoods.

OUR TARGETS

Quality education is the foundation of all. It is a right and necessity and is especially important during the early stage of childhood education. By giving a child quality education, not only you provide him/her limitless possibilities, but also a community and future stability. High-quality early care and education has been shown to mitigate the impacts of poverty on children. Therefore, in Artroom 22, our mission is to support a wide range early childhood education programmes as well as long-term efforts to increase the overall supply of high-quality programmes. We supply qualified teachers and untap the otherwise unexposed potentials within each child with academic and vocational skills.

PROBLEMS

According to World Bank’s Vice President for South Asia, the percentage of employment for women who is 15 and above is only 28%. It is 20% less than the global percentage. According to Global Fund for Women, each year, there are 2.6 million of women and girls in Asia who are never born due to prenatal sex selection or died because of abuse. Prenatal sex selection is a procedure, usually illegal, for ensuring the desired sex of the outcome of a pregnancy. If the sex is undesired, the pregnancy is terminated. Demographic analysis suggests that about 100 million female babies have been aborted because of the desire for males.

In addition, social norm in South Asia is to prioritise education for a son to receive education. So, normally girls do not have the opportunities to receive education like boys do. This contributes to child marriage. Bangladesh has the highest rate of child marriage 52%, closely followed by India 47%. Nepal 37% and Afghanistan 33%. Despite denials that gender inequality persists in modern societies, research has shown that women are still at a disadvantage to men in many domains.

OUR TARGETS

Equality does not mean identical. Gender equality is seeing males and females as being of equal status and value. It is judging a person based on their merit, and not viewing them as inferior or superior purely based on their gender. Many of us are concerned with these issues, but do not know how to address them on the local level in order to work toward solutions. More often than not, traditions and taboos make it challenging to even begin the discussion.

PROBLEMS

The overall unemployment rate in the Asia-Pacific is the world’s lowest at 4.1%. It is expected to maintain while the global rate is expected to decrease by 0.1%. Within the subregion, the rate is higher in Southern Asia and Eastern Asia.

According to Korn Ferry Gender Pay Index in 2018, women in Asia in general make average 15% less than men. The overall payment gap between gender average across the globe is 16.1%. If evaluate from same job level, the difference is 6% in mature markets, 4.9% in growing markets and 2.2% in fast growing markets.

OUR TARGETS

There will be a massive skills shift in Asia due to the impact of automation and the development of technologies. By 2030, the demand of workers with technological skills will increase to 17%. This means that the demand for workers to perform basic tasks will decrease. People need to adapt and acquire new skills to stay competitive and demand due to the automation.

In this regard, Artroom 22 commits to create quality jobs, to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and decent work for all, especially for the vulnerable group of people.

PROBLEMS

Manufacturing is an important driver of economic development and employment. However, the emission of Carbon Dioxide during manufacturing processes contributes largely to the environmental problems. Emissions have decreased over the past decade in many countries but the pace of decline has not been even around the world.

Another important problem to consider is the amount of trash that we produce everyday. The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day, 10 times the amount a century ago. To break it down, each of us averagely throws away more than 540kg of trash per year. And do you know how much artists around the world contribute to this statistic?

OUR TARGETS

While arts constitute a huge part of our culture and provides us with a deeper understanding of emotions and self-awareness in our daily life, many people failed to realise the opportunity cost of creating an art. The artists around the world generates million tons of trash per year, such as empty plastic acrylic tubes, dried oil paints, metal spray paint bottle, old brushes, etc. One of Artroom 22’s missions is to create art supplies by using renewable materials and energy. In this regards, we can make and sell art to boost economic growth, without depleting the natural resources.

PROBLEMS

Despite significant strides towards lifting people out of poverty, the inequalities persists and large disparities remain regarding access to opportunities in all aspects. There are nearly 2 billions of people in the world who has no access to basic medication, which caused millions of children died in their early childhood due to the diseases that can be easily cured by existing medicine. Although Southeast Asia is the fastest expanding economic region in the world, the income inequality remains widening between the poor and the rich. Also, up to 30% of income inequality is due to inequality within households, including between women and men. Women are also more likely than men to live below 50% of the median income.

OUR TARGETS

Artroom 22’s target is to empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status. We increase job opportunities for the citizens in less developed countries. And subsequently address the distressing disparity of wealth and poverty between countries. We educate the high and empower the low to rise up. Together, we can close the gap.

PROBLEMS

Disasters due to climate changes not only take life but also affect the economy. In 2011 and 2012, flooding in Thailand caused damages that worth billions of dollars and it disrupt the world supply chains. Asia plays a huge role in fighting the climate changes. This is because most of the countries in Asia are developing countries and they are expanding their infrastructures.

It is noteworthy that, Asia and the Pacific contribute 40% of the world carbon dioxide emissions. China and India are the world’s largest greenhouse gasses. Asia contributes to around 40% of greenhouse gases which could rise to 48% by 2030. Besides that, sea level in the Pacific will rise 4 times faster than the global average. It can increase up to one meter by 2100 if no action is taken.

OUR TARGETS

Climate change has the potential to obstruct other efforts toward sustainable development. This is because the altering weather patterns will threaten our food production. Fortunately, climate action is a race we can win if we take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. We need to increase awareness and convey urgency to world leaders so we can begin combating climate change before it is too late. Artroom 22 organises art events and art fairs to raise awareness. We work with artists who produce arts and crafts using renewable or environmental friendly products as well as organisations and institutions who are environmentalists.

PROBLEMS

A more equal and sustainable world can only be achieved if we have more peaceful societies. This means that we will need to reduce crime, violence, and exploitation. According to 2014 Global Slavery Index, 23.5 million out of world’s 36 million victims came from Asia. Children’s rights violations through aggression and sexual violence continue to be a distress to many countries around the world, especially as under-reporting and lack of data aggravate the problem. What makes it worse is that there is not enough proper healing or therapeutic places for the already harmed children.

OUR TARGETS

Artroom 22 empowers the victims from international homicide, violence against children, human trafficking, sexual violence, etc. We provide art therapy programmes for the victims, building up a community for them to heal and to connect with each other. Artroom 22 also educates people at all levels. Our goals is to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

PROBLEMS

The realization of these 17 goals is not some idealistic dream. Many successful stories have proven that global goals work in the past. Now, we are taking the new goals even further to address the root causes of each problem. We have the means and experience to finish this fight, but only if people everywhere understand how close we are.

OUR TARGETS

Our partnerships are built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals. Artroom 22 plays an important role in achieving these goals as private sector is the perfect linkage to bridge the gap between the government and public at large, to deliver the message from the United Nations to layman, and to execute the plans in a more freely and flexible manner.