What are the Global Goals?

The Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are a a universal plan of action for people and planet to be achieved by the year 2030. These 17 goals aim to end poverty, combat climate change and ensure that we leave peaceful, just and equal societies for future generations.

These goals are universal in nature, applying to developed and developing countries alike, and place sustainable development at their core.

They are backed up by 169 specific targets which address challenges in areas as diverse as poverty, education, human rights, food security, clean energy, climate, peace, sustainable consumption and urbanization. They provide clear guidelines for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and circumstances.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership, encouraging all people across the globe to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for our children and for generations to come.

Never before has the world come together to agree on such a comprehensive agenda. The goals are ambitious, but they are attainable. Success in delivering on the goals, which will require the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike, has the potential to be one of the most important turning points in modern history.

Click here to explore the specific targets of each goal.