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.
As Decade of Action Has Become a Decade of Recovery, HLPF Focuses on Pandemic Response
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development had few resemblances to previous HLPF sessions.
Governments and Experts Exchange Proposals for Improving HLPF
Experts are reviewing the format of the annual United Nations forum where countries report on their progress and challenges with the SDGs.
Are We Serious About Achieving the SDGs? A Statistician’s Perspective
Gaps in global reporting thwart the international community’s ability to take effective action to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Lead, Monitoring and Governance, Tracking Progress
Junior Project Officer, Geneva 2030 Ecosystem
Lead, SDG Indicators and Data, Tracking Progress
Writer, Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Senior Policy Advisor, Tracking Progress
Writer/Editor Earth Negotiations Bulletin
Policy Advisor, Geneva 2030 Ecosystem
Project Manager, Tracking Progress
Senior Director, Tracking Progress
Way to Go Winnipeggers
Winnipeg is getting even closer to increasing the protection of Lake Winnipeg from harmful algal blooms. And it's thanks to Winnipeggers of all stripes!
Une exploration des impacts potentiels des règles de l'OMC sur les subventions à la pêche : Le cas de la pêcherie de sardinelles en Afrique de l'Ouest
Cette étude de cas examine la manière dont de nouvelles règles de l’Organisation mondiale du commerce sur les subventions à la pêche pourraient concrètement affecter la pêcherie de sardinelles au large des côtes ouest-africaines.
New data dashboard offers Houstonians tool to measure city progress
A new website allows residents of Houston to quickly visualize progress across the city and in their neighborhoods on factors such as income inequality, graduation rates, access to transit, proximity of waste sites and more.
The Power of Together: IISD Annual Report 2018-2019
Our 2018-2019 annual report The Power of Together showcases some of the ways we made an impact by bringing together unlikely suspects, sharing knowledge and experience between countries, and encouraging new ideas and unique approaches.
Mapping Policy for Solar Irrigation Across the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in India
How are India's off-grid solar pump policies affecting the water–energy–food nexus? This paper maps out impacts and the key policies that are driving them.
Modelling for Sustainable Development: New decisions for a new age
This book provides a detailed overview of models used in designing projects and policies that integrate sustainable development considerations and objectives.
Fossil Fuel to Clean Energy Subsidy Swaps: How to pay for an energy revolution
A “subsidy swap”—reallocating some of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy reform to fund the clean energy transition—can bring in economic, social and environmental benefits.
You might also be interested in
Measurement, Assessment, and Modelling
Navigating the sustainability transition requires instruments that tell us where we are, where we are headed, and what our options are.
Governance and Multilateral Agreements
The frameworks that govern economies and our ecosystems touch every aspect of our lives—and have implications for sustainable, inclusive development.
By adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain a competitive edge, increase their market share, and boost shareholder value.