Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Goals Wheel
The colours of this ‘full circle rainbow’ logo represent the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a better and more sustainable future for all.

The SDGs, also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States as a call to action, to ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.

The Goals address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change and environmental degradation.
Sustainable Development Goals Poster 2019
The 17 Goals are all interconnected, and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve them all by 2030.

“We envisage a world free of poverty, hunger, disease and want, where all life can thrive. We envisage a world free of fear and violence. A world with universal literacy. A world with equitable and universal access to quality education at all levels, to health care and social protection, where physical, mental and social well-being are assured. A world where we reaffirm our commitments regarding the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation and where there is improved hygiene; and where food is sufficient, safe, affordable and nutritious. A world where human habitats are safe, resilient and sustainable and where there is universal access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy.

We envisage a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination; of respect for race, ethnicity and cultural diversity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realization of human potential and contributing to shared prosperity. A world which invests in its children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation. A world in which every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed. A just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met.”
Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

With Sustainable Development Goal 11, countries have pledged to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
Within this goal, target 11.4 aims to “strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage”.

“Placing culture at the heart of development policies is the only way to ensure a human-centred, inclusive and equitable development.”
Jyoti Hosagrahar, UNESCO

“We acknowledge the natural and cultural diversity of the world and recognize that all cultures and civilizations can contribute to sustainable development.”
The Future We Want