Sustainable Development

What is sustainable development? Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainable development has been defined in many ways, but the most frequently quoted definition is from Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report:

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

Sustainability is the foundation for today’s leading global framework for international cooperationthe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 17 SDGs were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, with 169 targets to reach by 2030. The goals and targets are universal, meaning they apply to all countries around the world, not just poor countries.

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Reaching the goals requires action on all frontsgovernments, businesses, civil society, and people everywhere all have a role to play.

To find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals, explore our SDG Knowledge Huban online resource center for daily news, original commentary from our experts, guest articles from key actors in SDG implementation, and a calendar of upcoming events related to the 2030 Agenda.

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