What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Supporting the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The SDGs provide us with a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing our world such as poverty, climate change and conflict. UNDP has the experience and expertise to drive progress and help support countries on the path to sustainable development.”
What is UNDP's role?
The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue guide UNDP policy and funding for the next 15 years. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories.
Our strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. This work is already underway, as we support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.
Our track record working across multiple goals provides us with a valuable experience and proven policy expertise to ensure we all reach the targets set out in the SDGs by 2030. But we cannot do this alone.
Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.
Lebanon and the SDGs
The country’s aggravated humanitarian crisis due to the Syrian refugee influx has exposed Lebanon’s developmental weaknesses. As the macroeconomic challenges mount, and political deadlock prevents strategic decision making, it was not expected that a significant transformation would occur before the 2015 milestone. Lebanon’s most realistic option in the short term, given constraining circumstances, is to attempt to protect its MDG achievements and contain any deterioration in poverty levels and environmental sustainability, while maintaining macroeconomic stability.
In 2015, global voices demanded further leadership on poverty, inequality and climate change. In order to transform these demands into actions, world leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 25 September 2015, to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and set new global goals to replace the MDGs.
The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, which aim to guide policy and funding for the following 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. Everywhere.