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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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.
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.
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Progressing National SDGs Implementation
A review of the 42 voluntary national reviews countries submitted to the UN in 2021 to track SDG progress shows both positive and concerning trends.
Report highlights inequities in Winnipeg neighbourhoods
A new 98-page report highlights some of the inequities well-known by Winnipeggers when it comes to the suburban-downtown divide. A Voluntary Local Review of Winnipeg was published recently and submitted to the United Nations by United Way Winnipeg and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. The report is one of the first of its kind In Canada — Kelowna, B.C., was the first in the country to submit the report — and shares Winnipeg’s progress towards localizing sustainable development goals or "SDGs."
Supporting Marine Fishing Sustainably: A review of central and state government support for marine fisheries in India
This report provides an inventory of support measures to marine fisheries in India and identifies programs that are key priorities for an in-depth evaluation of impacts from socio-economic and environmental sustainability perspectives.
Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: Building a vision for IISD
IISD undertook an exercise to examine how and whether we could better engage on sustainable food systems in Canada.
Connecting the Dots for Sustainable Supply Chains
To achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a global community, we need more coordinated and coherent supply chains. Are voluntary sustainability standards the answer?
Responding to the Health Crisis and the Climate Crisis in Tandem
As we look to chart a path to a post-COVID future, young private sector leaders say we have an invaluable opportunity to avoid past mistakes.
Indonesia Should Assess Fisheries Support to Minimize Overfishing Risk
A new report suggests that certain government supports may incentivize overfishing in Indonesia. Experts say these should be prioritized for possible reform.
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