2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Logo of the Sustainable Development summit 2015
International community officially announces SDGs at Sustainable Development summit. © UN

From 2016, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides the official international framework for national and international efforts to achieve sustainable development and reduce poverty. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replace the Millennium Development Goals.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets on issues ranging from ending extreme poverty and hunger through education, health, gender equality, water, energy, the economy and work, biodiversity and ecosystems, and peaceful and inclusive societies:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change)
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

In addition to the goals, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes implementation, follow-up and review measures. From 2016, it provides the official international framework for national and international efforts to achieve sustainable development and reduce poverty.

All nations are called upon to integrate the global goals of the 2030 Agenda in their national strategies and to help implement them. Poor and particularly vulnerable countries should continue to receive support in this. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development replaces the Millennium Development Goals, which led to a 50% reduction in extreme poverty throughout the world up to 2015.

The UN Member States agreed on the contents of the framework on 2 August of this year. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be officially adopted at the summit of heads of states and governments from 25 to 27 September in New York.

Active Switzerland

Switzerland was actively involved from the beginning of the three-year process to develop the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2013 and 2014 it was a member of the open working group which drew up a proposal for the 17 SDGs. This served as a basis for the intergovernmental negotiations.

Participatory process

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the result of a broad participatory process. Non-state actors, such as representatives of civil society, the scientific community and the private sector were actively included and were able to provide input right up to the end. In an online survey over seven million people from 194 countries stated their priorities for the new Agenda.

Historical agreement

The international community has agreed on wide-ranging and very ambitious goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which integrates social, economic and environmental concerns and takes account of how these three dimensions interact. It also recognises the fundamental importance of peace and security, the rule of law and good governance for sustainable development. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is universally applicable.