United Nations

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
Transforming our World

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Global Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals


Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
About the Sustainable Development Goals
The Global Goals

World’s Largest Lesson introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to children and young people everywhere and unites them in action.

GSDR 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report

In the outcome document of the Rio+20 Conference, in 2012, entitled “The future we want”, and again in “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, in 2015, United Nations Member States decided that the HighLevel Political Forum on Sustainable Development would be informed by the Global Sustainable Development Report. In the Ministerial Declaration of the 2016 Forum, Member States decided that the report would be produced quadrennially by an independent group of scientists appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General and comprising 15 experts representing a variety of backgrounds, scientific disciplines and institutions, with geographical and gender balance.
This report, The Future is Now: Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, is the first quadrennial Global Sustainable Development Report prepared by an independent group of scientists.
GSDR Report 2019


Accelerating Education for the SDGs in Universities
SDSN released a new guide that aims to help universities, colleges, and tertiary and higher education institutions implement and mainstream education for the SDGs within their institutions.

SDGs Learning, Training and Practice – 2020 Edition Report
The 5th Edition of the SDG Learning, Training and Practice was held from 7 – 13 July 2020

SDG Action Zone

The SDG Action Zone is a space inside the United Nations grounds during General Assembly week (UNGA) where different actors can engage around the UN-High level meetings and events in a meaningful and visible way – sdgaction.zone

UN Women

Women and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Women and girls make up more than half the world’s population — and they are on the frontlines — often more deeply impacted than men and boys by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and global economic crises. Their contributions and leadership are central to finding a solution.

GRI, UN Global Compact, WBCSD

SDG Compass Guide

The guide for business action on the SDGs Developed by GRI, the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the SDG Compass incorporates feedback received through three consultation periods from companies, government agencies, academic institutions and civil society organizations worldwide. The objective of the guide companies is to support companies in aligning their strategies with the SDGs and in measuring and managing their contribution.

What is sustainable development?

● Sustainable development has been defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

● Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.

● For sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonize three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and all are crucial for the well-being of individuals and societies.

● Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions is an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. To this end, there must be promotion of sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all, reducing inequalities, raising basic standards of living, fostering equitable social development and inclusion, and promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems.

The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. While the SDGs are not legally binding, governments are expected to take ownership and establish national frameworks for the achievement of the 17 Goals. Countries have the primary responsibility for follow-up and review of the progress made in implementing the Goals, which will require quality, accessible and timely data collection. Regional follow-up and review will be based on national-level analyses and contribute to follow-up and review at the global level.