The UN Sustainable Development Goals
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGS or Global Goals) are part of an agenda for sustainable development which was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2015. The Agenda is outlined in the document “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” A/RES/70/1. The document includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals, each having its own specific targets: a complete list of the goals is provided below.
The Agenda is “plan of action for people, planet and prosperity which seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom”. The goals and targets are intended to “stimulate action over the next 15 yeas in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet” and to establish sites of partnership for collaborative engagement and action. The Global Goals are universal, integrated and indivisible; and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development:
- People: the social dimension.
- Planet: the environmental dimension.
- Prosperity: the economic dimension.
Two other important elements of the conception of sustainability underpinning the Agenda are:
Peace constitutes a fourth dimension of sustainable development: the ethical dimension, which concerns ideals and values such as equality, freedom, human dignity and justice.
Partnership describes the collective and collaborative approach required to implement the goals and achieve the universal engagement that is essential for the success of the Agenda’s ultimate aim: to transform the world.
Some of the main focal points of the Agenda are
- overcoming poverty;
- addressing the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable;
- realising human rights and dignity and equality for all (with an emphasis on women and girls; disadvantaged or vulnerable groups);
- healing and securing the planet;
- taking urgent action of climate change;
- seeking technological/economic progress in harmony with nature; and
- and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies.
The One World Centre and the UN SDGS
As part of its commitment to global and transformative education, The One World Centre provides information and resources to assist individuals, schools and communities to engage meaningfully with the Global Goals and to take part in this unprecedented worldwide action of common humanity for the future of our common home.
“The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity. Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development… It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms. An agenda for the planet, our common home. An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership.” (UN Secretary General – Ban Ki Moon, 2015)
This page contains material relating to all aspects of Sustainable Development as well as detailed information on each of the Goals, including current information, progress, targets and indicators.
This page contains accessible information about Agenda 2030 and each of the goals and includes summaries, facts and figures, targets and links.
THE UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
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 Wellbeing – Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing 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 industrialisation, 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 and 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