17 Goals to Transform Our World
The Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action by all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Strong, effective and accountable institutions, including a free and democratic press, can help to promote non-discriminatory laws and policies, combat corruption, bribery and organised crime, and prevent violence and terrorism, bringing peace and justice to society at large. Yet, in 2017, the world spent more than $1.7 trillion on arms and armies – the highest level since the fall of the Berlin Wall. An eighth of that amount could eliminate extreme poverty and hunger. Less than 1 per cent funds 14 UN Peacekeeping operations. For more information on what the UN System is doing to achieve Goal 16, click here.