On January 1, 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic United Nations Summit officially came into force. Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich, and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Why sustainable development

  1. Why Poverty Matters
  2. Why Hunger Matters
  3. Why Good Health and Well-being Matters
  4. Why Quality Education Matters
  5. Why Gender Equality Matters
  6. Why Water and Sanitation Matters
  7. Why Clean, Affordable Energy Matters
  8. Why Economic Growth and Work Matters
  9. Why Infrastructure Matters
  10. Why Reducing Inequality Matters
  11. Why Sustainable Cities Matter
  12. Why Responsible Consumption and Production Matters
  13. Why Climate Action Matters
  14. Why Oceans Matter
  15. Why Forests Matter
  16. Why Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies Matter
  17. Why Partnerships Matter

Sustainable Development Goals to Transform our World
2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit

Highlights of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit – Film


Together we create better policies for better lives
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development

Creative connections

Creating our Development Systems
Creating Sustainable Communities
Creating Sustainable Enterprise
Creating Sustainable Systems
The Science of Probabilities
The Art of Possibilities