17 Goals to Transform Our World

2017 presents an unprecedented opportunity to continue bringing the countries and citizens of the world together on a path to improve the lives of people everywhere.

In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on climate change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures. Explore this site to find out more about the efforts of the UN and its partners to build a better world with no one left behind.


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UN report: Modest economic growth not an indication of revived global demand

The world economy expanded by just 2.2 per cent in 2016, the slowest rate of growth since the 2009 global recession.

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Press release: Modest global economic recovery expected, but return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive: UN report

Concerted policy efforts to revive investment and growth are needed to facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals
New York, 17 January – Although a modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18, the world economy has […]

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UN envoy Forest Whitaker honoured for work in peacebuilding

To achieve the SDGs by the 2030 deadline, Mr. Whitaker stressed the importance of “common people” being empowered to act.

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UN Data Forum opens in South Africa to harness power of data for sustainable development

Organized by the UN in cooperation with the South African government, the four-day gathering also aims to rally support behind a new global action plan.

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SDG Advocates Forest Whitaker, Shakira to be honoured at World Economic Forum

The Crystal Award celebrates the achievements of leading artists who have worked to improve the world in cross-cultural understanding, peacemaking, social inclusion, the environment, health, education or food security.

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Press release: UN World Data Forum to launch new action plan and innovative data solutions to improve lives

Over 1,500 data leaders from government, business, science and civil society to collaborate on challenges and initiatives

(New York/Johannesburg, 13 January)  — The inaugural United Nations World Data Forum is set to kick off on 15 January […]

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