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Humanity’s Grand Challenges

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Derived from the UN’s sustainable development goals and a list of challenges that Sal Matteis defined in late 2015, Hatch will focus on what we call the HGCs – Humanity’s Grand Challenges. Below we are giving you a quick overview of what we believe are the biggest challenges our world is facing at the moment. Each of these challenges can and needs to be tackled on many different levels.

1. Energy​

Access to clean and sustainable energy for the needs of humanity.

2. Environment (Land & Water)

Sustainable and equitable stewardship of Earth’s ecosystems for optimal functioning both globally and locally.

3. Food (Zero Hunger)

Consumption of sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain healthy and active lives for all people at all times.

4. Sustainable Cities & Communities (including sustainable consumption / production)

Secure, safe, and sustainable shelter for residence, recreation, and industry for all people at all times. Provide the environment for people to thrive sustainably and build infrastructures to allow for sustainable production and consumption of goods.

5. Clean Water

Ample and safe water for consumption, sanitation, industry, and recreation for all people at all times.

6. Disaster Resilience

Effective and efficient disaster risk reduction, emergency response, and rehabilitation that saves lives and livelihoods, minimizes economic loss, and builds resilience both globally and locally.

7. Governance (Justice & Institutions) & International Collaboration

Equitable participation of all people in formal and societal governance that is in accordance with principles of justice and individual rights, free from discrimination and identity-based prejudices, and able to meet the needs of an exponentially changing world.

8. Health & Well Being

Optimal physical and mental health, including access to cost-effective prevention, early diagnosis, and personalized therapy for individuals and communities.

9. Quality Learning

Access to information and experiences that build knowledge and skills for all people at all stages of their lives for personal fulfilment and benefit to society.

10. Prosperity & Equality

Equitable access to economic and other opportunities for self-fulfilment where all people are free from poverty and able to thrive regardless of gender or nationality

11. Security

Safety of all people from physical and psychological harm, including in virtual worlds; and protection of physical, financial, digital systems