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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 peacekeeping operations will keep aiming to reduce their environmental impact – Security Council

December 21st, 2017|Climate change, News|

The Security Council on Thursday said that United Nations peacekeeping missions will continue to consider ways to reduce the environmental impact of their operations, in line with relevant UN resolutions and mindful of the goals set out in international accords on the environment, including the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Arctic forever changed by rapidly warming climate – UN weather agency

December 20th, 2017|Climate change, News|

A girl from the Iñupiat community stands on a ice floe on a shore of the Arctic Ocean in Barrow, Alaska in the United States. The anomalous melting of the Arctic ice is one of the many effects of global warming that has a serious impact on the life of humans and the wildlife. Photo: UNICEF/Vlad Sokhin

UN urges international cooperation to make migration safer in a world on the move

December 18th, 2017|News|

On International Migrants Day, the United Nations is appealing for cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that human rights of all concerned are protected – as recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Children are the face of conflict-fuelled humanitarian tragedy in South Sudan – UNICEF

December 15th, 2017|Education, News, Youth|

South Sudan's children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective environment, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, warning that “anything less, places children and women at even greater risk of grave violations and abuse.”

#BetheChangeUN winter clothing drive a huge success

December 14th, 2017|News|

The Department of Public Information (in cooperation and DM/OCSS and UNFCU Foundation) held a ‘Coats for Cups' coat drive on 28 November. The response from UN staff was tremendous and a wonderful start to the holiday season - we received a whole truckload worth of winter clothes! About 200 UN staff joined us in our efforts to sustainably reuse unworn clothes and give to those in need.

In Japan, UN chief spotlights power of universal health coverage to unlock economic growth

December 14th, 2017|Health, News|

Health is everyone's right and a driver of economic development, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stressed Thursday, expressing the UN's readiness to help countries move towards health coverage for all.

Frieda and the SDGs: The Power of Storytelling

December 14th, 2017|News|

We all grow up with stories and nursery rhymes. Stories are everywhere and are passed down from one generation to the next. For over a year, the UN Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek has been working on a project to bring to life a local character to introduce the lessons of the Sustainable Development Goals to the Namibian child. The end result is, “Frieda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”