Sustainable Development Goals

“As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind…”

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership to improve health and well-being, education, reduce inequality, and spur growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets build on the Millennium Development Goals. The agenda is based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people. The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realized.

“We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.”

The 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly

Sustainable lifestyles and the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable lifestyles are enabled by individual actions and choices as well as by good governance and efficient infrastructures. Living sustainable lifestyles involves rethinking how we put our values into action, how we organize our daily life, socialize, share, consume, learn and educate. It means readjusting our priorities and realigning our actions.      

The challenges are complex and at times seemingly overwhelming. The SDG’s provide a lens through which we can analyse and reflect upon the various, interconnected aspects of sustainable development.

By learning about and contributing to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, individuals can

  • gain increased insight into the underlying principles and values connected to our lifestyle choices,
  • acquire a better understanding of the interconnected systems and processes that drive modern production and consumption,
  • realize more about both the short-term and long-term consequences of one’s lifestyle choices for oneself, others and the planet.
  • contribute to the on-going process of social learning in which groups together determine how to make their communities more sustainable.

For more information about the Sustainable Development Goals see: 

For statistics about progress related to the SDG’s see:  and