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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of global objectives established by the United Nations in 2015.

These goals aim to address various social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by the world, with a focus on creating a more sustainable and equitable future for all. The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets, covering a wide range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, gender equality, clean water, clean energy, climate action, biodiversity, and more. The ultimate vision of the SDGs is to achieve a better and more sustainable world by the year 2030.

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

These goals encompass a wide range of social, economic, and environmental issues, and achieving them requires collaboration and commitment from governments, businesses, civil society, and individuas around the world.

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SDG 1: No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere by promoting shared prosperity, social protection, and equal access to economic resources.

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture to ensure everyone has access to nutritious food.

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages by addressing major health challenges and providing access to quality healthcare.

SDG 4: Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, aiming to equip individuals with knowledge and skills.

SDG 5: Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, ensuring their full participation in all aspects of society without discrimination.

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, addressing water scarcity and inadequate sanitation.

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

nsure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all while promoting renewable energy sources.

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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

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SDG 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

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

SDG 10: Reduced Inequality

Reduce inequality within and among countries by addressing income inequality, social inequalities, and discriminatory laws and policies.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable through urban planning and management.

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns by promoting resource efficiency, reducing waste, and minimizing environmental impact.

SDG 13: Climate Action

ake urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by adopting measures to mitigate its effects and build climate resilience.

SDG 14: Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources to protect marine ecosystems and support biodiversity.

SDG 15: Life on Land

Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt biodiversity loss.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen global partnerships for sustainable development, mobilize resources, and enhance cooperation to achieve the SDGs.

Defined by the 1987 Brundtland Commission.

The idea of sustainable development was defined by the 1987 Brundtland Commission Report as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Sustainable development encompasses four interconnected dimensions: society, environment, culture, and economy. These aspects are not separate but intertwined, promoting a balanced pursuit of an improved quality of life with considerations for the environment, society, and economy. For instance, a thriving society relies on a healthy environment that provides essential resources like food, safe drinking water, and clean air.

It is essential to understand the distinction between sustainable development and sustainability. Sustainability is seen as a long-term objective, striving for a more sustainable world. On the other hand, sustainable development refers to the various processes and approaches undertaken to achieve sustainability, such as sustainable agriculture and forestry, responsible production and consumption, good governance, research and technology transfer, education, and training.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the interconnectedness of various areas and acknowledge that progress in one domain affects outcomes in others. These goals aim to strike a balance between social, economic, and environmental sustainability. They are committed to prioritizing the advancement of those furthest behind and are designed to combat poverty, hunger, AIDS, and gender discrimination. Achieving the SDGs necessitates the combined efforts of society, leveraging creativity, knowledge, technology, and financial resources.

The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) within the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) provides substantial support and capacity-building for the SDGs and related thematic issues, such as water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships, and Small Island Developing States. DSDG plays a crucial role in evaluating the UN system-wide implementation of the 2030 Agenda and advocating and engaging in outreach activities concerning the SDGs. Broad ownership and commitment from all stakeholders are vital to realizing the 2030 Agenda, and DSDG aims to facilitate this engagement.

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