The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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In September 2015, world leaders from all 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide global action on the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our planet. The SDGs (or Global Goals as they are also known) set an ambitious target to build a more sustainable, safe, and prosperous world for all humanity by 2030.

All 17 Goals interconnect, with the key to achieving success in one goal often involving addressing issues associated with another. The Goals are also unique in that they cover issues that affect us all and are inclusive in making sure that no one is left behind.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is the biggest opportunity for this generation to improve life for future generations.

Listing of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that met the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world. They also coincided with another historic agreement reached in 2015 at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference. Together with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, signed in Japan in March 2015, these agreements provide a set of common standards and achievable targets to build a better world.