17 Sustainable Development Goals – United Nations

“Our ancestors did great work for humanity. What will we do for the next generations?” By Lailah Gifty Akita,

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Sustainable Development Goals are as Follows:

1. No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2. Zero Hunger

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

3. Good Health and Well-Being

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

4. Quality Education

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

5. Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6. Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7. Affordable and Clean Energy

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

8. Decent Work and Economic Growth

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

9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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

10. Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

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

12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14. Life Below Water

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

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

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

17. Partnerships for the Goals

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