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The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Global Goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seek to end poverty and hunger, realise the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. The Global Goals are integrated and indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.

17 Sustainable Development Goals

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Sustainable Development Goals

At the UN Summit on 25 September 2015, the world’s heads of state and government adopted 17 Global Goals. The countries of the world have committed themselves to leading the world towards a sustainable and equitable future, beginning on 1 January 2016 and continuing until 2030.

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Goal 1: No poverty

Goal 1 is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.

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Goal 2: Zero hunger

Goal 2 is to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

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Goal 3: Good health and well-being

Goal 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

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Goal 4: Quality education

Goal 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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Goal 5: Gender equality

Goal 5 is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

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Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy

Goal 7 is to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

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Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

Goal 8 is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

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Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Goal 9 is to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

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Goal 10: Reduced inequalities

Goal 10 is to reduce inequality within and among countries.

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Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Goal 11 is to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production

Goal 12 is to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

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Goal 13: Climate action

Goal 13 is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

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Goal 14: Life below water

Goal 14 is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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Goal 15: Life on land

Goal 15 is to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

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Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Goal 16 is to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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Goal 17: Partnerships

Goal 17 is to strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.

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