In September 2015, the leaders of the world gathered at a special United Nations summit in New York to adopt Agenda 2030 and commit to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals, the product of over three years of intergovernmental negotiation, provide a holistic framework, applicable to all countries, with the vision of eradicating poverty and deprivation, growing economies, protecting the environment, advancing peace and promoting good governance.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
While the SDGs have been agreed on, the complexity of issues confronting different countries means much work remains to be done. The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development (JSC), established through partnership with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, focuses its work on advancing SDG achievement in the ASEAN region through research, and solutions-oriented approaches.
Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).