The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is a set of seventeen aspirational “Global Goals” with 169 targets between them.
In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are these 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no one behind. This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom.
The Sustainable Development Goals provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world – laying out where we collectively need to go and how to get there. The SDGs follow and expand on the millennium development goals (MDGs), which were agreed by governments in 2001 and are due to expire at the end of this year.
Each of the 17 goals has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Addressing critical sustainability issues such as poverty, climate change, inequality, economic development, and ecosystem protection, the SDGs will be implemented in all countries, across different territorial scales.