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In 2015, leaders from all 193 countries of the United Nations agreed to 17 Global Goals, major development challenges for humanity. These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.

The United Nations 17 sustainable development goals (SDG) are the widest and most ambitious plan the world has ever seen. Never have 193 countries come together in the UN to create and sign such an impressive and large-scale project, where “no one is left behind” which is also the catchphrase of the goals. This happened in 2015 which made this year the most important year in history if you ask many civil society actors and politicians.

It is not the first time the world has tried to work together on these changes- The 17 SDGs are built upon the 8 2015 goals, which had some of the same content.

Nowadays United Nations 17 sustainable development goals are tackling most faces of the world’s biggest challenges. With this ambitious and widespread focus, it can be necessary to get an overview of the themes that are included in this plan.

Their main aim is to secure a sustainable, peaceful, prosperous and equitable life on earth for everyone, now and in the future.

The 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world are:


GOAL 1: No Poverty

GOAL 2: Zero Hunger

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being

GOAL 4: Quality Education

GOAL 5: Gender Equality

GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

GOAL 13: Climate Action

GOAL 14: Life Below Water

GOAL 15: Life on Land

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal


For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to get involved and do their part: governments, civil sector, businesses, but also individuals in the whole world.

It can be beneficial to divide the goals into three pillars and one method, which are also visualized here: