The Sustainable Development Goals; SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also called Global Goals, and Agenda 2030 are an inter-governmentally agreed set of targets relating to international development.

They will follow on from the Millennium Development Goals once those expire at the end of 2015.

The SDGs were first formally discussed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 (Rio+20).

On 19 July 2014, the UN General Assembly‘s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) forwarded a proposal for the SDGs to the Assembly. The proposal contained 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues. These included ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. On 4 December 2014, the UN General Assembly accepted the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report which stated that the agenda for the post-2015 SDG process would be based on the OWG proposals.

The Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post 2015 Development Agenda (IGN) began in January 2015 and ended in August 2015. Following the negotiations, a final document was adopted at the UN Sustainable Development Summit September 25–27, 2015 in New York, USA. The title of the agenda is Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development        Source


   “Leave no one behind”.  Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General’s remarks at Development Committee meeting: World Bank Group support for 2030 Agenda for sustainable development      


Useful links:

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development 2015

Earth Summit 2102

Global Goals

UN: Sustainable Development


Turning UN Development Goals into Reality

Sustainable development gaols; all you need to know

Sustainable Development, Policy and Practice

What is sustainable

Siren or Lulaby for our times


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