Wednesday, 20 January 2021

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17 Goals to Transform Our World


22.12.2015 – The New Year ushers in the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations, as January 2016 will see the official implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. 

The SDGs, unanimously adopted by the UN’s 193 Member States at an historic summit in September 2015, address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, emphasising that no one should be left behind. Broad and ambitious in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions.

Turning this vision into reality is primarily the responsibility of countries, but it will also require new partnerships and international solidarity. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make.  Reviews of progress will need to be undertaken regularly in each country, involving civil society, business and representatives of various interest groups.


Upcoming SDG-Events in 2016

  • 4 January - Habitat III Regional Meeting – Nigeria: In advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), regional high-level meetings will convene to discuss priorities for a New Urban Agenda and to develop policy recommendations.

  • 11-14 January - 28th Session of the North American Forest Commission - Mexico: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will convene this meeting to bring together forestry experts and decision-makers from the North American region. 

  • 25 January - Canada in the Post-2015 World: Outcomes of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is hosting a half-day panel to discuss the implications of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs for Canada and the international community.

“The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world's leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”


UNRICs Related Links

·         2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

·         The Sustainable Development Goals

·         United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

·         United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)


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