The 17 Sustainable Development Goals
To tackle a diverse set of global issues, the UN has developed the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and outlined a series of targets for each goal. The below defines each of the 17 goals and provides an example of their targets.
1. No Poverty
Eliminate every form of poverty – for everyone.
Target: Reduce poverty by 50%.
2. Zero Hunger
Ensure food security, improve nutrition, and encourage sustainable agriculture.
Target: Eliminate all forms of malnutrition.
3. Good Health & Wellbeing
Achieve health and wellbeing for everyone.
Target: Implement universal health coverage.
4. Quality Education
Make quality education inclusive and equitable and make learning opportunities available for everyone at any stage of life.
Target: Ensure all youth are literate.
5. Gender Equality
Ensure gender equality for all women and girls.
Target: Eliminate violence and exploitation against women and girls.
6. Clean Water & Sanitation
Ensure water and sanitation are available and sustainably managed for everyone.
Target: Make safe and affordable drinking water accessible to everyone.
7. Affordable & Clean Energy
Make affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy accessible for everyone.
Target: Make modern energy services affordable for everyone.
8. Decent Work & Economic Growth
Promote sustainable and inclusive economic growth and productive, decent work for everyone.
Target: Achieve 7% annual GDP growth in the least developed countries.
9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
Develop innovation and inclusive and sustainable industrialization and infrastructure.
Target: Make the internet affordable and accessible in every country.
10. Reduce Inequalities
Minimize inequalities between and throughout each country.
Target: Advanced the regulation of financial markets around the world.
11. Sustainable Cities & Communities
Make all cities and communities inclusive, safe, and sustainable.
Target: Make housing accessible, safe, and affordable for everyone.
12. Responsible Consumption & Production
Make consumption and production sustainable.
Target: Reduce global food waste by 50%.
13. Climate Action
Fight climate change and its residual impacts.
Target: Increase awareness and education on climate change mitigation and impact reduction.
14. Life Below Water
Ensure all bodies of water are maintained and used for sustainable development.
Target: Conserve 15% of coastal and marine areas.
15. Life on Land
Ensure all terrestrial ecosystems are protected, restored, and used for sustainable development.
Target: Restore land and soil affected by desertification.
16. Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions
Achieve peaceful and inclusive societies, justice, and effective and accountable institutions for everyone.
Target: Reduce all forms of corruption and bribery.
17. Partnerships for the Goals
Improve implementation of the goals and unite global partnerships for sustainable development.
Target: Double the share of global exports of the least developed countries.