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Sustainable Development Goals

On September 25th 2015, countries of the UN adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. Below are the 17 Goals, click on each one to learn more!

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

Do you want to get involved? You can start by telling everyone about them. Here is a list of actions that you can take in your everyday life to contribute to a sustainable future.

Click on each goal below to learn more and scroll down for current news and info on the SDGs!

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Sustainable Development Goals Report 2020

The UN has released their SDGs Report detailing where the world is with reaching the 2030 goal. Unfortunately, you can quickly see in the overview that we are still short of these goals with the implications of COVID-19 making some situations more dire. With only 10 years left to go, advocates like you continue to be critical to ensuring progress is made not only globally, but locally as well.


SDG 1 – No Poverty: COVID-19 causes the first increase in global poverty in decades.

SDG 3 – Good Health and Well Being: Less than half of the global population is covered by essential health services. The pandemic has interrupted childhood immunization programs in around 70 countries.

SDG 4 – Quality Education: School closures kept 90% of all students out of school reversing years of progress on education. Remote learning remains out of reach for at least 500 million students.

SDG 5 – Gender Equality: Despite improvements (fewer girls forced into early marriage, more women in leadership roles), full gender equality remains unreached. Cases of domestic violence have increased by 30% in some countries.

SDG 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth: Global economic growth was slowing down, and now due to COVID-19 the word faces the worst ecomic recessions since the great depression.

SDG 13 – Climate Action: COVID-19 may result in a 6% drop in greenhouse gas emissions for 2020 (still short of 7.6% annual reduction needed). However, climate change still exacerbates the frequency and severity of natural disasters.