Ten years to transform our world
The Sustainable Development Goals — our shared vision to end poverty, rescue the planet and build a peaceful world — are gaining global momentum.
With just 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promise—by mobilizing more governments, civil society, businesses and calling on all people to make the Global Goals their own.
Decade of Action to deliver the Global Goals
Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030.
The Decade of Action calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges — ranging from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality and closing the finance gap.
In September 2019, the UN Secretary-General called on all sectors of society to mobilize for a decade of action on three levels: global action to secure greater leadership, more resources and smarter solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals; local action embedding the needed transitions in the policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities; and people action, including by youth, civil society, the media, the private sector, unions, academia and other stakeholders, to generate an unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations.
On 22 January 2020, the Secretary-General outlined his priorities for the year, including the Decade of Action.
UN Secretary-General’s remarks at the SDG Summit, September 2019
The Decade of Action will…
Mobilize everyone, everywhere
We will work to create an unstoppable force linked to the Global Goals.
We will identify risks to ensure no one is left behind.
This requires each of us to take action—individually and collectively, locally and globally.
Demand urgency and ambition
We must be the generation to end extreme poverty, win the race against climate change and conquer injustice and gender inequality.
We will hold leaders to account and point to what is possible when action delivers results.
Supercharge ideas to solutions
We will shine a light on solutions that expand access and demonstrate the possibilities of ideas.
We will drive sustainable innovation, financial investments and technology—while making space in our communities and cities for young people to lead.
Why we are hopeful
The spirit of human endeavor has demonstrated our shared ability to deliver the extraordinary. The 2030 Agenda is our roadmap for the world we all want. The Global Goals are our best hope—for people, for planet, for prosperity, for peace and for partnerships.
It’s time to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.
To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations has launched the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want. To join the conversation, visit our website: www.un.org/en/un75
Tackling issues such as the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – our shared vision for the future – will require cooperation across borders, sectors and generations.
Through these conversations, the UN aims to build a global vision of 2045 – its centenary – increase understanding of the threats to that future, and support enhanced international cooperation to realise that vision.
Four years into the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, many Governments, UN entities, international and regional organizations, Major Groups and other Stakeholders, are planning or have initiated evidence-based stock-taking of progress.
Where do we stand? Are we on track? What are the inspiring breakthroughs and success stories that are showing results and impacts? What are the good practices that can be replicated and scaled up? What are the gaps and constraints and how should we address them? Looking ahead, what steps should we take to accelerate progress?
The Department of Economic and Social Affairs showcases these success stories and more here.