United Nations 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals

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 a 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.

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, 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.

Source: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda/

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1. No Poverty


End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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2. Zero Hunger


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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3. Good Health and Well Being


Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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4. Quality Education


Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

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5. Gender Equality


Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

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6. Clean Water and Sanitation


Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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7. Affordable and Clean Energy


Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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8. Decent Work and Economic Growth


Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

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9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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10. Reduced Inequalities


Reduce inequality within and among countries

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11. Sustainable Cities and Communities


Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

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12. Responsible Consumption and Production


Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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13. Climate Action


Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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14. Life Below Water


Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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15. Life on Land


Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

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16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions


Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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17. Partnerships for the Goals


Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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