Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a global agenda, adopted by countries in 2015, with a vision of ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 17 SDGs and 169 targets are part of what is known as the 2030 Agenda, which recognizes "that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development." In adopting the agenda, countries resolved to take the "bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind."
The goals and targets are universal, meaning they apply to all countries around the world, not just poor countries. Reaching the goals requires action on all fronts – governments, businesses, civil society and people everywhere all have a role to play.
Discover how IISD research products relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals in different regions of the world.
Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development
The High-Level Political Forum is responsible for tracking and facilitating the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals. Two things must happen if it is to be successful.Read More
Healthy Lives and Well-being for Everyone: Why SDG 3 matters and how we can achieve it
Creating a sustainable world—and reaching economic, environmental and social goals—depends on having a thriving and healthy human population. We explore how Sustainable Development Goal 3 plans to achieve that.Read More
Asbestos: How it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed
About 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos at the workplace, resulting in roughly 107,000 occupational exposure deaths annually. In this guest article, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance explores how it endangers human health and why a worldwide ban is needed.Read More
Progressing national SDGs implementation: An independent assessment of the voluntary national review reports submitted to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2017
The report identifies ten key pillars that we believe are essential to the effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentRead More
Ensuring Access to Water and Sanitation for All: What SDG 6 wants to achieve and why it matters
This World Water Day, we take a look at Sustainable Development Goal 6 ("ensure access to water and sanitation for all") and explain what it is meant to acheive, and why it matters.Read More
Four Ways Cities are Localizing the SDGs
Four cities in North America are working to track how well their citizens are doing against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more.Read More
Measuring Winnipeggers' Convenient Access to Public Transit
IISD has developed a method to track convenient access to public bus transit in Winnipeg, in Canada and globally.Read More
The End of the Line? How to save our fish
Target 14.6 of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on the WTO for the elimination of subsidies that contribute to overexploitation of fisheries by 2020. Mark Halle explains why this matters, and where we need to go from here.Read More
Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 8
IISD’s SDG Indicator Portal tracks SDG progress in 13 cities across Canada. The third brief in this series provides an overview of SDG 8—promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all—across cities in Canada.Read More
Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities: SDG 3
This briefing note is the second in the series Tracking the SDGs in Canadian Cities which reviews data from 14 Canadian cities found on the IISD-SDG Indicator Portal.Read More