17 Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals, focused on 17 groups of key areas, aim to end poverty across the planet, while addressing the important issues of environmental protection, clean energy promotion, urban development and promoting equality and dignity for all citizens wherever they are.

The launch of the Sustainable Development Goals follows the completion of the Millennium Goals, undertaken in 2000 by all developing countries, members of the UN. The Millennium Development Goals are grouped into 8 important areas that address the fight against poverty, the promotion of equality, health care for mothers, children and the treatment of diseases, the protection of the environment and the improvement of governance to achieve these objectives.

Today, the Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) Division at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) provides substantial support and capacity building for SDGs and their related thematic issues, including water, energy , climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology, Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships and developing countries of small islands.

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