They are formed of 17 goals and 169 targets. Between them, they should shape the policies of the 193 countries who committed to them over the next 15 years. These goals have the power to transform our world, and deliver a future in which people and nature thrive.
The SDGs are global plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships.
It is a cohesive environmental and social sustainability vision
for all to align their core strategies to contribute to the quality of life and our planet.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a big step forward for achieving the equitable and environmentally sustainable economic development. They recognize that we all depend on the planet’s natural resources (forests, rivers, oceans and land) such as resources such as clean water, arable land, plentiful fish and wood; and ecosystem services such as pollination, nutrient cycling and erosion prevention, and resilience to a changing climate for our social and economic wellbeing. Equally, they stress that our ability to use the planets resources wisely depends upon creating a fair, sustainable and prosperous society, and decoupling our economies from fossil fuels and environmental damage.
If the 193 countries involved make good on their promise, by 2030 we will live in a world that has:
- halted the loss of biodiversity and saved threatened species from extinction
- ended deforestation
- put a stop to poaching and trafficking of protected species
- ended overfishing and significantly reduces the pollution of our oceans
- created an economy that grows without damaging the environment