GOAL 1

NO Poverty

The Sustainable Development Goals are a bold commitment to eliminate extreme poverty, in all forms, by 2030. Poverty is a multi-faceted issue, touching areas including health, education, social discrimination and exclusion, and access to basic services. Achieving the targets for this goal requires enhanced development cooperation, effective mobilisation of resources, and appropriate programmes and policies.

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GOAL 2

Zero Hunger

Goal 2 commits to ending all forms of hunger and malnutrition by 2030, ensuring all people – particularly children and the most vulnerable – have access to sufficient and nutritious food all year round. Sustainable agricultural practices, investment in infrastructure and technology to boost productivity, and equitable access to world agriculture markets, are critical to success.

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GOAL 3

Good Health and Well-Being

Good health is a fundamental human right. Goal 3 commits to ensuring good health and well-being for all, including ending the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other communicable diseases by 2030. Prevention of maternal and neo-natal deaths, and the provision of universal effective and affordable health care, are essential components for success.

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GOAL 4

Quality Education

Education is a powerful and proven lever for sustainable development. Goal 4 commits to achieving inclusive and quality education for all, ensuring that all children, regardless of gender, complete free, high-quality, primary and secondary schooling by 2030. It also aims to improve opportunities for technical and vocational training, and ultimately improve access to higher education.

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GOAL 5

Gender Equality

Goal 5 commits to ending discrimination against women and girls everywhere. Sexual violence and exploitation, gender discrimination, and the gender gap in the labour market must be addressed. Women must have equal access to resources and services, and must be empowered to take up leadership roles, to achieve greater equality and representation.

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GOAL 6

Clean Water and Sanitation

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of creating a better world. Achieving universal access to safe and affordable drinking water by 2030 requires investment in sanitation infrastructure, resource management, and elimination of water pollution. Supply must be carefully managed to avoid water scarcity, in the face of increasing demands on our most important natural resource.

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GOAL 7

Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensuring universal access to affordable and reliable energy by 2030 is the aim of Goal 7. This means significantly increasing the amount of energy generated by renewables, and decreasing dependence on traditional fossil-fuel sources. Energy efficiency also plays an important role in avoiding energy deficits and ensuring long-term energy sustainability across countries.

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GOAL 8

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Substandard working conditions are often related to poverty, inequality and discrimination. Goal 8 commits to ensuring full and productive employment for all, regardless of age, gender, or disability, with parity of pay for all. Work should be safe, secure, and contribute to sustainable economic growth across industries. Policies that encourage entrepreneurship and job creation must be implemented.

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GOAL 9

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 9 commits to ensuring infrastructure is reliable, resilient and fit-for purpose, to achieve economic growth and overcome environmental challenges. Investment in research, technology, telecommunications and enabling reliable Internet access are instrumental to achieving this goal. Capacity building must occur across industries to ensure sustainability and a supportive policy environment that promotes innovation.

 

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GOAL 10

Reduced Inequalities

Goal 10 commits to reducing inequalities at all levels, and promoting the social and economic inclusion of all, irrespective of gender, age, race, religion or any other status. Discriminatory policies must be eliminated and a shift towards progressive legislation facilitated. Income inequality is an important factor and requires improved access to financial markets and institutions.

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GOAL 11

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Goal 11 commits to implementing policies and practices, to ensure cities are safe, clean and sustainable. This includes improving access to affordable, quality and safe housing, improving road transport, expanding public transport, and investing in green public spaces. Particular attention must be paid to improving urban air-quality, waste management, and insulation against the impact of natural disasters.

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GOAL 12

Responsible Consumption and Production

Efficient management of our shared natural resources is a key component of Agenda 2030. Industry, businesses and consumers must be encouraged to reduce waste, reuse packaging and products, and recycle the rest. Policies must be implemented which promote sustainable procurement, and compel businesses to adopt sustainable practices and reduce wastage at all levels.

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GOAL 13

Climate Action

Solving the pressing challenge of climate change requires collective, coordinated action. Strengthening the resilience and adaptive capacity of all countries must go hand-in-hand with efforts to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning. Awareness raising and education are key levers to reduce and mitigate the impact of climate change.

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GOAL 14

Life Below Water

The world’s oceans drive vital global systems that make our planet habitable. Protecting and improving the health of our oceans and marine life is a key feature of a sustainable future. Preventing marine pollution, protecting and restoring marine and coastal ecosystems, and improving future management and resilience are all important components to achieving this goal.

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GOAL 15

Life on Land

Goal 15 commits to ensuring the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems. We must prevent biodiversity loss, protect habitats and threatened species, and integrate conservation goals into planning and development. Deforestation and desertification have impacted the lives of millions and must be tackled in the quest for poverty elimination.

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GOAL 16

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

The aims of Goal 16 form the bedrock necessary to achieving the other SDGs. To reach our vision for 2030 requires us to operate in a peaceful and stable environment, where we have transparent and accountable institutions, universal access to justice, freedom from corruption and bribery, and peaceful and inclusive societies.

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GOAL 17

Partnerships for the Goals

Achieving the effective delivery of the SDGs cannot happen in isolation. Building a sustainable future for our world requires partnerships between government, businesses, and civil society. These partnerships must be built upon shared values and goals, and their policies and recommendations for action executed at the global, regional, national and local level.

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