Voices around the world are demanding leadership on poverty, inequality, and climate change. To turn these demands into actions, world leaders gathered on September 25, 2015 at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It comprises 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, that will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty.
The objective was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balances the 3 dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic.
The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs), which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.
The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly but treatable disease, and expanding educational opportunities to all children, among other development imperatives. They drove progress in several important areas, including:
- income poverty,
- access to improved sources of water,
- primary school enrolment, and
- child mortality.
The United Nations Development Programme. A new sustainable development agenda. Internet. Accessed on July 1, 2016.