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World signs up to new Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations and its 193 member countries have adopted an ambitious new development agenda, which commits to ending poverty in all its forms by the year 2030 and putting people at the centre of sustainable development.

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Girl splashes water
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes targets for gender equality, protection and inclusion, and universal access to safe water. Photo: Australian Red Cross/Conor Ashleigh

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development comprises 17 key goals to be achieved worldwide by 2030.  

The successor to the Millennium Development Goals, this new development agenda will inform all actions taken by the world's humanitarian and development community.  

From ending poverty in all its forms to reducing inequality, promoting lifelong learning, building safer cities and fighting climate change, the 17 goals provide an ambitious framework for inclusive global development. Progress against each goal will be measured against a set of targets.  

Australian Red Cross welcomes the new development agenda, particularly its focus on disaster risk reduction, water and sanitation for all, safer cities and settlements, gender equality and addressing the impacts of climate change.  

We recognise the need for sustainable partnerships with local humanitarian actors in achieving each goal in the 2030 agenda. This is also a key theme of this year's World Disasters Report.

Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030

  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
  14. Conserve and sustainable 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  

Read more about the Sustainable Development Agenda and its targets.