Sustainable Development Goals- The Issues On The Global Agenda For The Next 15 Years

This past Friday, September 25th, countries all over the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goalsa set of 17 global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.  See what's on the new global agenda after the jump!

The Sustainable Development goals will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were established in 2000 and will end on December 31, 2015. The MDGs were a set of 8 anti-poverty goals that were aimed to be achieved by 2015. The goals also addressed a variety of issues, including ending poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and improving on access to water and sanitation. The MDGs fell short in 3 major areas- women’s and girls’ equality, environmental issues, and poverty eradication, but enormous progress has been made in many other areas, showing the importance of having a unifying global agenda and set of goals. 

The SDGs go a step further and aim to address the root causes of poverty and the universal need for development that works for all people. Check out the full list of the 17 SDG goals below and head over to to get an in-depth explanation on each. 

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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