The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the United Nations’ 193 member states adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

Click the icons below to learn more about the individual SDGs and their 169 sub-goals.

The SDGs were built on the results of the eight Millennium Development Goals that existed from 2000-2015. The Millenium Development Goals have shown us that it is possible to achieve results if the political will is present, and we set clear goals and prioritise our resources. You can read more about the Millenium Development Goals here.

The SDGs urge countries of the world to, among other things, eliminate poverty and hunger around the world, reduce inequality, ensure quality education and better health for all, as well as create more sustainable growth.

The goals are universal and involve the whole world. If we are to achieve the 17 SDGs, everyone must contribute; governments, leaders, companies, organisations, NGOs and citizens.

SDG resources

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