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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.

Remove physical and cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’ – UN

December 3rd, 2017|Health, News|

Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development, and for the 2030 Agenda to truly live up to its promise to 'leave no one behind,' all physical and cultural barriers must be removed to create societies that provide real opportunities for everyone everywhere, the United Nations has said.

World AIDS Day: If everyone, everywhere realizes right to health, epidemic can be defeated, says UN

December 1st, 2017|Health, News|

The world will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – which include the target of ending AIDS by 2030 – without people attaining their right to health, the United Nations said Friday, marking World AIDS Day with a strong appeal for the full realization of this fundamental right by everyone, everywhere.

A survivor’s journey for justice: HIV advocate and UN retiree Eric Sawyer

December 1st, 2017|Health, News|

"I contracted HIV before the discovery of the virus," Eric Sawyer began, as he told his story to an audience of nearly 50,000 gathered in New York’s Central Park earlier this year. The cheers and applause his heartfelt speech received would have been unimaginable three decades ago.

From thorny to tasty: UN agriculture agency looking at cactus as climate resilient food

November 30th, 2017|Climate change, News|

With the reality of climate change becoming more real by the day, including its impact on food sources, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is urging communities around the world not to take the prickly cactus for granted.

Lack of jobs, money for rent, add to woes in conflict-affected eastern Ukraine, says UN agency

November 29th, 2017|News|

As temperatures plummet across eastern Ukraine, many – including the elderly – who fled their homes following hostilities are forced to return to their original place of residence due to lack of jobs and money to pay rent in the places they were sheltering, the United Nations migration agency has reported.

Partnerships ‘the only way’ to tackle global challenges, says UN industrial development chief

November 27th, 2017|News|

The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) was reappointed for a second term on Monday as the 17th UNIDO General Conference opened in Vienna, Austria.

No man will reach full potential unless women reach theirs, UN says on Day of Eliminating Violence

November 25th, 2017|Gender equality and women's empowerment, News|

Unless the international community tackles violence against women, the world will not eradicate poverty or reach any of the other Sustainable Development Goals, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message today for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

With access to clean, modern energy, poorer countries look to power ahead through innovation – UN report

November 24th, 2017|Energy, News|

Energy is key to global development, but the world’s poorest and most vulnerable nations fare up to six times worse than their more industrialized counterparts when it comes to accessing the vital resource, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.