The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. “Transforming our world”

The 17 goals of sustainable development

Eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development

This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan.

The United Nations are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want to heal and secure our planet. 

"We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental".

As the United Nations celebrates its 70 years, the General Assembly in September 2015 has dedicated three days to the adoption of a new development agenda  entitled "Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. " Less than two months before COP 21 in Paris, a new chapter in global governance has been turned in New York.

The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet


We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.


We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.


We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.


We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.


We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.

The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals

1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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

9 – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries

11 – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

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

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

17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development