Sustainable Development Goals
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
IISD Speech: IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region, Geneva
IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan speaking at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region in Geneva on April 25, 2017.Read More
How Can We Successfully Integrate the Sustainable Development Goals Into Our Current Policies?
How can we make sure that the Sustainable Development Goals are part of our governments' polices?Read More
How Can the SDGs Contribute to Gender Equality?
How are the Sustainable Development Goals looking to ensure gender equity. This International Women's Day, Livia Bizikova takes a look.Read More
Taking the Leap to Realign Trade and Sustainable Development: Now is the time
Senior Fellow Mark Halle explains why now, at this critical juncture, is the time to realign the trade sector and the concerns of the sustainable development agenda.Read More
Sustainable Development Goals Interactive Tool
Discover how IISD research products relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals in different regions of the world.Read More
IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
As the Sustainable Development Goals were in the final hours of negotiation in 2015, and in the early days of implementation in 2016, IISD experts reflected on the implications for countries, the UN system, and our own programs of work. These articles, first published as a series of blog postings, are the outward expression of that thought process.Read More
Eight Ways the Private Sector Can Apply the Sustainable Development Goals
Cory Searcy looks at how companies can start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in their business.Read More
Ending Hunger: What would it cost?
The International Institute for Sustainable Development and the International Food Policy Research Institute joined forces to estimate what it would cost to end hunger, and the contribution that donors need to make.Read More