The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also referred to as the Global Goals) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The key element of 2030 Agenda, they address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and, in order to ensure a just transition that leaves no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.

Each SDG is comprised of a set of sub-targets. Additionally, each goal has a set of indicators, jointly known as the global indicator framework, with which to assess progress. The global indicator framework was developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and agreed to, as a practical starting point at the 47th session of the UN Statistical Commission held in March 2016. The report of the Commission, which included the global indicator framework, was then taken note of by ECOSOC at its 70th session in June 2016. The links in the list of SDGs below will take you to the Goals’ unique targets and indicators, as well as recent updates on progress.

The Sustainable Development Goals

  1. No poverty– end poverty, in all its forms, everywhere
  2. Zero hunger– end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and improve agriculture
  3. Good health and wellbeing– ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all, at all ages
  4. Quality education– ensure inclusive and equitable, quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Gender equality– achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Clean water and sanitation– ensure the sustainable management and availability of water and sanitation for all
  7. Affordable energy– ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Decent work and economic growth– promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all
  9. Industry  innovation and infrastructureРbuild resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation
  10. Reduced inequalities– reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Sustainable cities and communities– make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Responsible consumption and production– ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Climate action– take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Life below water– conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Life on land– protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Peace, justice and strong institutions– promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable institutions at all levels
  17. Partnerships for the goals– strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development