International goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Sustainable Development Goals

On 25 September 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted at the UN summit in New York. It takes the form of a pact on the world's future and is intended to help enable all people in the world to live a life of dignity. The 17 development goals in the Agenda link the principle of sustainability with economic, ecological and social development. For the first time ever, poverty reduction and sustainability have been united in a single agenda.

The goals are addressed towards all countries in the international community. All countries are equally called upon to further the 2030 Agenda and work actively on improving the situation of people and of the environment in many important areas by 2030. The current refugee crisis is a stark illustration of how important it is to give all people, everywhere, the chance of a decent life.

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The 2030 Agenda aims to

  • end poverty and hunger and reduce inequality
  • empower people, ensure gender equality and good and healthy lives for all
  • promote prosperity for all and make lifestyles sustainable worldwide
  • respect the planet's ecological limits: combat climate change, protect ecosystems and use them sustainably
  • protect human rights – ensure peace, good governance and access to justice
  • build a global partnership

The new Agenda replaces the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the international community at the beginning of the millennium.

The Agenda was drafted with broad civil society participation. It is one of the most ambitious endeavours of our times, and all stakeholders are aware that it can only become reality if everybody pulls together. Governments, civil society, industry, academia and the general public all need to work together to ensure that there can be sustainable development for all.

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