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17 Goals to Transform Our World

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.

Governments, businesses and civil society together with the United Nations are mobilizing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030. Universal, inclusive and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere.

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.

UN spotlights rainwater recycling, artificial wetlands among ‘green’ solutions to global water crisis

March 19th, 2018|News, Water and Sanitation|

With five billion people at risk of having difficulty accessing adequate water by 2050, finding nature-based solutions, such as China’s rainwater recycling, India’s forest regeneration and Ukraine’s artificial wetlands, is becoming increasingly important, according to a United Nations report released Monday at the world’s largest water-related event in Brazil.

UN forum to spotlight ways ICT can help beat poverty and boost development

March 19th, 2018|News, Poverty|

Making information and communication technology (ICT) readily available for vulnerable countries and harnessing it’s potential to help tackle a raft of ills – from disaster risk reduction to reaching ‘zero hunger’ – will be among the issues on the agenda at an annual United Nations information forum that kicked off Monday in Geneva.

Major reports on biodiversity, ecosystem services to be launched at UN-backed meeting in Medellin

March 16th, 2018|Climate change, News|

With our planet’s flora and fauna facing unprecedented threats, science and policy experts are set to gather next week in Medellin, Colombia, for a United Nations-backed meeting to consider five landmark reports aiming to inform better decisions by Governments, businesses and even individuals on biodiversity, and issues of land degradation and restoration.

Spotlight Initiative – interview with UN Deputy Secretary-General and EU High Commissioner Neven Mimica

March 16th, 2018|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News, Uncategorized, VIDEO: gender equality and women's empowerment|

In the margins of the 62nd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica discuss the Spotlight Initiative

Making progress on sustainable development, four least developed countries tapped to graduate from ranks of poorest

March 15th, 2018|Economic growth, Education, Health, News, Press material|

With increasing national earning power as well as access to better health care and education, four countries—Bhutan, Kiribati, São Tomé and Principe and Solomon Islands—will be recommended for graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category, the United Nations Committee for Development Policy (CDP) announced today.

“Little x Little” – a Gen Z-Led campaign in support of the Sustainable Development Goals

March 15th, 2018|News, Partnerships, Youth|

“Little x Little,” a global movement led by Generation Z to fix the future, officially launched today, setting an audacious goal of inspiring 2 billion acts of good by 2030 in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

UN-World Bank panel report calls for ‘fundamental shift’ in water management

March 14th, 2018|News, Water and Sanitation|

With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment must be at least doubled over the next five years, a panel set up by the United Nations and the World Bank recommended on Wednesday.

12 world leaders issue clarion call for accelerated action on water

March 14th, 2018|News, Secretary-General, Water and Sanitation|

The Panel’s report found that the water crisis has many dimensions. Today, 40 percent of the world’s people are affected by water scarcity, with as many as 700 million people at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.