UN development goals and how they relate to RuntheWorld

What are the UN development goals and RuntheWorld's commitment to them?

There are 17 development goals (ODS) of the United Nations and were created on September 25, 2015, from a meeting with world leaders where a set of objectives are proposed to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure sustainable development in the world. 


The Development Goals are valid until 2030 and should be taken into account to govern the actions of governments and the private sector in the coming years. This leads us to tell you about our adventures at RuntheWorld, as they have the ultimate goal of having a positive impact on the communities we visit and we value this impact through the ODS.

How do the ODS intertwine with our different adventures and the countries we visit?


Below is a background of the countries we reached with our adventures and the ODSs we took up as a social impact goal on each trip.


1) MADAGASCAR – ODS #1 End of Poverty, #2 Zero Hunger, #3 Health and Wellness. #4 Quality Education


Roul mon coco to Madagascar - Arrival in Tulear

Madagascar is ranked #11 among the countries with the lowest Human Development Index. The country’s economy is largely based on agriculture, mining and fishing. One of Madagascar’s best known products is vanilla which comes from an orchid and is used all over the world. The vanilla seed takes at least two years to grow which is quite expensive.


Despite the high prices of vanilla, the average in Malagasy is US$ 1 a day, while 70% of Malagasy people live below the poverty line. Nearly half of Madagascar’s children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.  


For that reason, with donations and the great work of Agua de Coco, the effort is focused on projects such as schools, children’s canteens and art and music centers. The most important one: the school of the Zafiros whose main objective is to put an end to child exploitation in the mining area, and which by 2019 housed more than 400 children.

2) SIERRA LEONA a ODS #11 Sustainable Communities #3 Health and Wellness #4 Quality Education



In fact, despite being one of the most important diamond producers in the world, Sierra Leona is the second poorest country on earth. A place where the woman, who on average has six children, faces the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Besides, most people have their first baby too soon. According to the UN, two out of four girls are married before their 18th birthday, a figure that rises to 61% in rural areas.

Together with Street Child, our partner in this adventure, we try to focus our efforts on children and especially on girls, who are the most vulnerable. Developing programs that help break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, child labor with the ultimate goal that children in SL have opportunities, as would any other child.


Sierra Leone Marathon with Street Child 2019
Visit Cacao Farm during the trek in Colombia 2019

3) COLOMBIA a #4 Quality Education, Reducing Inequalities #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, In Latin America, 30.2% of the population, or 184 million people, live in poverty and 10.2% – 62 million – in extreme poverty. The data, which refer to the year 2018, are part of the report “Social Panorama of Latin America”, presented by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). While it is positive that income poverty has stopped growing -as it did in 2017 and 2018-, perhaps the most discouraging fact is the increase in extreme poverty, which is characterized by not allowing people to afford a basic food basket and which increased from the 9.9% recorded the previous time. In Colombia, as in many other countries, there are generally more opportunities in the cities than in isolated communities in the mountains or in the jungle, despite the fact that these communities have the greatest diversity of flora and fauna and still preserve native cultures with knowledge worthy of impressing us. In our Trek in Colombia we allied with Airprodensa is a non-profit association whose purpose is to conserve nature, working in harmony with it and spreading the knowledge of the ancestral native cultures of the Sierra Nevada of Colombia. The Association is in charge of conserving and protecting Mother Earth and the natural environment of the area through the creation of a university of ancestral knowledge. Its aim is to disseminate the knowledge of the native communities of the area with integral agro-ecology projects and traditional cultural projects of various types. The adventure is also made by the hand of Costeño Social, a non-profit organization that impacts on the autonomous development of children and young people in the communities surrounding the Tayrona Park. They carry out weekly activities and workshops outside the school environment such as sports, language, art, cooking and environmental care.


In conclusion, these are the objectives that move us the most, if you are also interested in doing your bit, you can go through our experiences and see how you can contribute while doing a sports challenge in the most beautiful places on the planet. If you want to contribute and for more information contact


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