Sustainable Development Goals
Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals—or SDGs or Global Goals as they are sometimes called—have 169 targets that countries are attempting to reach by 2030 at the latest. This is why the Goals are also referred to as the 2030 Agenda, which countries resolved to undertake with "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 developing countries. Reaching the goals requires action on all fronts—governments, businesses, civil society, and people everywhere have a role to play.
To learn more about efforts to implement the SDGs around the world, visit IISD’s SDG Knowledge Hub.
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IISD Trade and Sustainability Review, Volume 1, Issue 3, July 2021
From circular economy to environmental cooperation in FTA negotiations, this third edition of the IISD Trade and Sustainability Review covers a range of policy issues from the intersection of trade and sustainable development.
Supporting Marine Fishing Sustainably: A review of central and provincial government support for marine fisheries in Indonesia
The report provides an inventory of support measures to marine fisheries in Indonesia and identifies programs to be assessed to minimize the risk of overcapacity and overfishing.
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This report reviews existing net-zero commitments and circular economy plans and assesses the potential impact of core components of such policies on developing country exports.
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This brief examines the negotiations on services market access within the Joint Statement Initiative on Electronic Commerce among a group of WTO Members.
Investment Treaty News (ITN), Volume 12, Issue 2, June 2021
Investment Treaty News (ITN) is IISD's flagship journal on international investment law and policy.
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