The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is approved by unanimity by the UN member states


The new set of goals aims to influence the political agenda of world leaders in order to achieve these global challenges over the next 15 years. 

A new and ambitious global agenda was approved during the UN Sustainable Development Summit held from 25 to 27 of September at UN Headquarters in New York. Under the title “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” this new blueprint was launched in order to overcome global challenges especially regarding the end of poverty in all its forms and dimensions until 2030.

The  new set of goals  were approved by unanimity from the 193 Member States of United Nations and it consists of a Declaration, 17 SDG’s with 169 targets, including a section on means of implementation and a framework for review and follow-up. This decision was made after more than a year of work including consultative deliberations, working group and various inputs from civil society and other stakeholders.

It was an important and meaningful call for action by all countries in which the Declaration highlights that:

“(…) we (states) have adopted a historic decision on a comprehensive, far-reaching and people-centred set of universal and transformative Goals and targets. We commit ourselves to working tirelessly for the full implementation of this Agenda by 2030.” (UN General Assembly 2015)


The new SDG’s was built on the outcome of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the 2010 Summit on the MDG’s, the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (Rio+20) and contributions from society during those years (Source: Overview from Sustainable Development Summit, 2015).

Sustainable Development Goals:

  • 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 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, 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 its impacts
  • Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and 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 * Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework



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