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At a United Nations summit in September 2015, countries adopted a new development agenda, of which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a core part.

There are 17 SDGs with 169 accompanying targets that aim to holistically address sustainable development between now and 2030. 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.

Discover how IISD research products relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals in different regions of the world.

  • Blog
    Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development

    Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development

    The High-Level Political Forum is responsible for tracking and facilitating the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals. Two things must happen if it is to be successful. 

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  • Briefing Note
    Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 1

    Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 1

    The first brief in this series provides an overview of SDG 1—ending poverty in all its forms everywhere—across cities in Canada.

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  • Blog
    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    Disaggregated Data is Essential to Leave No One Behind

    If we are to truly achieve the SDGs—and be sure to"leave no one behind"—we need the kind of complete picture that only disaggregated data can provide.

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  • Blog
    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    Why Innovation Is Critical to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    The SDGs are interconnected and complex. We are working to tackle that problem head-on while developing innovative approaches to achieving them.

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  • Guidebook
    Practice Guide to Auditing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender equality

    Practice Guide to Auditing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Gender equality

    This guide is the Canadian Audit and Accountability Foundation’s first methodology focused on SDGs and was produced in collaboration with IISD and Women Deliver, and with funding from Global Affairs Canada as part of its support of the Foundation’s International Legislative Oversight Program. 

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  • Blog
    Creating the Space for SDG Innovation: A Geneva case study

    Creating the Space for SDG Innovation: A Geneva case study

    What role should innovation be playing in sustainable development? We look at an example of its application: the Geneva 2030 Ecosystem under our SDG Knowledge Program.

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  • Briefing Note
    Cities - The engines for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

    Cities - The engines for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

    Cities play a critical role in advancing sustainability through the actual implementation of solutions that bring together the social, environmental and economic aspects of development.

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  • Briefing Note
    Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

    Indicator Preferences in National Reporting of Progress Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are intended to offer an ambitious and transformational agenda for our common future through 2030. In this brief, we review countries’ voluntary reviews to the HLPF to identify  the indicators that countries have actually been using in their reports to date, and data attached to those indicators. 

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  • Infographic
    Mind the Gap: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Fill the SDG Financing Gap

    Mind the Gap: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Fill the SDG Financing Gap

    Research suggests that removing all consumer fossil fuel subsidies would decrease global carbon emissions anywhere between 6–8 per cent by 2050. Swapping savings into sustainable energy would improve emissions reductions further.

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  • Speech
    IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the UN Economic and Social Council, 2017 Integrated Segment, New York

    IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the UN Economic and Social Council, 2017 Integrated Segment, New York

    IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan speaking at the UN ESOSOC 2017 Integration Segment on May 8, 2017 in New York.

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