UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define the world we want. They apply to all nations and mean, quite simply, to ensure that no one is left behind

The Sustainable Development Goals are described as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals. All stakeholders: governments, civil society, the private sector, and others, are expected to contribute to the realisation of these goals.

They are to be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators known as the 'global indicator framework'. However, governments will also develop their own national indicators to assist in monitoring progress made on the goals and targets.

They are not directly related to investments, however there is a recognition that investing in organisations that support these goals will increase the likelihood of these targets being met.