Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global agenda, adopted by countries in 2015, with a vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 17 SDGs and 169 targets are part of what is known as the 2030 Agenda, which recognizes "that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development." In adopting the agenda, countries resolved to take the "bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind."
The goals and targets are universal, meaning they apply to all countries around the world, not just poor countries. Reaching the goals requires action on all fronts – governments, businesses, civil society and people everywhere all have a role to play.
To learn more about efforts to implement the SDGs around the world, visit IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub.
Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development
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Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution
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What We Can Measure, We Can Manage: Methodology for global fossil fuel subsidy reporting launched
A new report provides the first internationally agreed upon methodology to help countries increase transparency on fossil fuel subsidies.Read More
Measuring Fossil Fuel Subsidies in the Context of the Sustainable Development Goals
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Managing the Trade-Offs of Transformation Through Foreign Policy
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Launching the Sustainable Finance Map of Geneva
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What’s the Future of Sustainable Development Planning and the 2030 Agenda in Canada?
Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, countries like Canada have been developing their SDG implementation strategies and looking for linkages.Read More
Sustainability and Second Life: The case for cobalt and lithium recycling
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Davos, Sustainable Development and an Open Mind
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The End of Coal? What to Watch for at the Upcoming UN Climate Conference (COP24)
While COP24 was always intended to be a "technical" conference—with parties focused on finalizing the details required to operationalize the Paris Agreement—there is potential for a strong political element to the discussion.Read More