A new sustainable development agenda

Voices around the world are demanding leadership on poverty, inequality and climate change. To turn these demands into actions, world leaders will gather on 25 September, 2015, at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Paul Ladd, Director of the UNDP Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, talks about 2015, a year in which countries will shape a new development agenda and reach a global agreement on climate change.

The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. Everywhere. Permanently.

The concept of the SDGs was born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universally applicable goals that balances the three dimensions of sustainable development: environmental, social, and economic.

The Global Goals replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which in September 2000 rallied the world around a common 15-year agenda to tackle the indignity of poverty.

The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly but treatable disease, and expanding educational opportunities to all children, among other development imperatives.

The MDGs drove progress in several important areas:

  • Income poverty
  • Access to improved sources of water
  • Primary school enrollment
  • Child mortality

With the job unfinished for millions of people—we need to go the last mile on ending hunger, achieving full gender equality, improving health services and getting every child into school. Now we must shift the world onto a sustainable path. The Global Goals aim to do just that, with 2030 as the target date.

This new development agenda applies to all countries, promotes peaceful and inclusive societies, creates better jobs and tackles the environmental challenges of our time—particularly climate change. Later this year world leaders are expected to reach a global agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Conference.

The Global Goals must finish the job that the MDGs started, and leave no one behind.

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Youth Program, a Better Tomorrow

Youth Program, a Better Tomorrow

A workshop entitled Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) II was held on two consecutive days, September 21st and 22nd 2016. This event was held by the UNDP in collaboration with UN Women to support young people from across the region in addressing sustainable development challenges in four thematic areas: Gender Equality, Good Governance, Social Cohesion, and Economic Empowerment. Different speakers, who were once youth with ideas and now became innovative leaders, discussed different titles with the audience such as Leadership, SDGs, Economic Empowerment, social cohesion, and Gender Equality.more 

UNDP Lebanon hold meet up to support the Social Good Summit 2016
UNDP Lebanon hold meet up to support the Social Good Summit 2016

UNDP Lebanon hold meet up to support the Social Good Summit 2016

The Social Good Summit is an annual event where activists, university students, journalists, NGO representatives & bloggers meet up to discuss big ideas and find solutions for a sustainable world. Just like last year, the 2016 Social Good Summit focused on the work that needs to be done to achieve the 17 Sustainable Goals in the next 15 years. This meeting is an international initiative where more than 60 meetings are taking place in different cities around the world. UNDP Lebanon participated in the global conversation through organizing a meet up group where more than 200 participants met in Teatro Verdun, on September 19, 2016. We started the event by displaying the hip hop song about the 17 goals, and showing the back drop, roll up banners, props and flag of SDGs.more 

UNDP's Partnerships

The SDG Fund, created by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with an initial contribution from the government of Spain, has been designed to smoothen the transition from the Millennium Development Goals phase into the future Sustainable Development Goals.Learn More 


The Business Call to Action (BCtA) aims to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by challenging companies to develop inclusive business models that offer the potential for both commercial success and development impact.LEARN MORE 

More about UNDP's partners around the globe