Sustainable Development Goals


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In September 2015, world leaders agreed to set the world on a path towards sustainable development through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, which set out quantitative objectives across the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development — all to be achieved by 2030.

Building on the accomplishments of their predecessors the Millennium Development Goals, the SDGs 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 protecting the environment.

Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Goal 2.  End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. 
Goal 3.  Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. 
Goal 4.  Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. 
Goal 5.  Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Goal 6.  Ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. 
Goal 7.  Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. 
Goal 8.  Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and full and productive employment and decent work for all. 
Goal 9.  Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. 
Goal 10.  Reduce inequality within and among countries. 
Goal 11.  Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. 
Goal 12.   Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. 
Goal 13.  Take urgent action to combat climate change and reduce its impacts. 
Goal 14.  Conserve and ensure the sustainable use and development of the oceans, seas, freshwater bodies and marine resources. 
Goal 15.   Protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss. 
Goal 16.  Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. 
Goal 17.   Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. 

For details of the 17 goals and 169 targets, visit the United Nations SDG webpage.

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