sustainable development goals


“We have a big, bold agenda before us – now we must work to make it real in people’s lives everywhere,”

This was said by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the dawn of a new era of commitment to sustainable development in New York.

Bold and necessary sustainable development goals

What we are announcing today — an Agenda for global action for the next 15 years — is a charter for people and planet in the twenty-first century. Children and young women and men are critical agents of change and will find in the new Goals a platform to channel their infinite capacities for activism into the creation of a better world.

The draft resolution which will be adopted today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York contains 17 sustainable development goals, which are aimed to be achieved by 2030. The “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” has already been agreed upon by the 193 member states of the United Nations.

It states:

We resolve, between now and 2030, to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. We resolve also to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and decent work for all, taking into account different levels of national development and capacities.

The 17 goals (which each has a set of targets to be reached by 2030) are:

Sustainable Development Goals

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 equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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

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

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

Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements 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 for sustainable development

Goal 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

Goal 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

Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

The targets may be found here and the background to the sustainable development goals may be found here. The sustainable development goals have already received world-wide support from civil society, business, parliamentarians and other actors, and according to the UN, “they represent an unprecedented agreement around sustainable development priorities among 193 Member States”. “With the shared global goals and targets, countries will tailor them and implement policies at the country level”. The sustainable development goals are ambitious and necessary. The UN website says.

For the sustainable development goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.

We agree. It depends on all of us to do our part. Start by imagining yourself and your country and the world in 2030. All of the sustainable development goals set 15 years ago have been attained. Now ask, what was done over the last 15 years in order to obtain the goals?

Standards & Legal assists large corporations to know which ESG (environmental, social and governance) laws and other obligations apply to each of their operational sites. The sustainable development goals, as well as the targets and other obligations required to be met by companies to meet the goals, may be hosted on the Standards & Legal Platform as “other obligations”. This will enable every person at an organisation to know at the touch of a button, for any given topic, what it is that they need to do to make sure that they do their part to meet the sustainable development goals. If you would like any more information, please contact us.