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.

The Social Good Summit 2017

Future in focus

Are you interested in sharing your opinions and thoughts regarding the Sustainable Development Goals? Join the Social Good Summit 2017! This year's theme is Future in Focus.

The Social Good Summit is an annual event that brings together activists, university students, journalists, NGO representatives, bloggers and strong influencers - to share and exchange knowledge, debate about 'hot' topics and discuss big ideas aiming to find solutions to issues that impact today's youth.

Just like last year, the 2017 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 122 meetings are taking place in different cities around the world.

The topics will focus on peace and security, promotion of human rights, improving humanitarian assistance, (this is very relevant as well with the challenges of the refugees in Lebanon) disarmament etc. which are topics of a very high importance for us.

Speak up and let your voice be heard, you can make a difference!

Date: Tuesday 19 September 2017
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Place: Teatro Verdun - Dunes B3 main street

Who can participate:

The invitation is open to the public; youth, civil society, media, bloggers, PS etc...

Please register your name at the below link:


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The Sustainable Development Goals 2017: Lebanon’s report
The Sustainable Development Goals 2017: Lebanon’s report

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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 


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