What are the SDGs? | The Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

In the year 2015, leaders from 193 countries of the world came together to face the future.

And what they saw was daunting. Famines. Drought. Wars. Plagues. Poverty. Not just in some faraway place, but in their own cities and towns and villages.

They knew things didn’t have to be this way. They knew we had enough food to feed the world, but that it wasn’t getting shared. They knew there were medicines for HIV and other diseases, but they cost a lot. They knew that earthquakes and floods were inevitable, but that the high death tolls were not.

They also knew that billions of people worldwide shared their hope for a better future. 

So leaders from these countries created a plan called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 Global Goals imagine a future just 15 years off that would be rid of poverty and hunger, and safe from the worst effects of climate change. It’s an ambitious plan.

But there’s ample evidence that we can succeed. In the past 15 years, the international community cut extreme poverty in half.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is one of the leading organizations working to fulfill the SDGs by the year 2030. Present in 170 countries and territories, we fund projects that will help make the Goals a reality. We champion the Goals so that people everywhere know how to do their part. And we act as “scorekeeper,” helping countries track their progress.

UNDP is proud to continue as a leader this global movement.

Click below to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals. What’s your Goal?