Efforts from the United Nations

Goal 1: No Poverty

The SDG Media Zone aims to engage people all over the world in the important conversations happening during the...

South Sudan’s children are facing a raft of daily horrors and deprivations and urgently require a peaceful, protective...

Impacts of climate change and the global economic crisis are compounding the threats faced by people living in poverty...

Bringing together well-known personalities and Member States as well as content creators, influencers and media partners...

The UN is seeking broader engagement from all sectors of society to lift 767 million people still living in extreme poverty...

Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies, and can help to eliminate poverty and reach the...

 

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

The Zero Hunger Challenge is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's vision of a world free from hunger and malnutrition...

Urgent action is needed to tackle malnutrition and promote consumption of healthier foods in the Asia-Pacific region...

Despite strong global food supply, localized drought, flooding and protracted conflicts have intensified and perpetuated food...

Pollinators are increasingly under threat from human activities and countries must transform their agricultural practices...

Eradicating world hunger sustainably by 2030 will require an estimated additional $267 billion per year on average ...

Long seen as poverty traps, rural areas are in fact key to economic growth in developing countries when pegged...

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

The so-called ‘big six’ countries in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia region are meeting today in...

Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but...

As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, United Nations agencies are working to vaccinate...

The United Nations reproductive rights agency has reached the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo, where thousands...

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting...

The United Nations health agency on Thursday launched the first global monitoring system for dementia, which...

 

Goal 4: Quality Education

Stressing the importance of quality education for the future of young people and children, senior United Nations...

The United Nations food relief agency has urged Governments in West Africa to spend more money on school meal...

With increasing national earning power as well as access to better health care and education, four countries-Bhutan, Kiribati...

Updated data reveals that some 263 million – one-in-five – children, adolescents and youth worldwide are out school...

Two United Nations agencies are teaming up in a major new initiative taking on the herculean task of combatting...

“Before, we didn’t know how to study. We were not motivated. I am transformed because of sports. And my studies have...

 

Goal 5: Gender Equality

As #MeToo activists continue to push for political, economic and social equality between the sexes, a key question is...

The United Nations has embarked on an initiative to address the male-dominated power structure within its own ranks...

To help the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) tackle bullying in Indonesia – where one in five children have been...

This year, International Women’s Day comes at a pivotal moment, and with a wave women’s activism – from the #MeToo...

The Spotlight Initiative recognizes that women and girls are disproportionately subjected to violence, including femicide...

The role of youth in building sustainable and resilient urban and rural communities- #YOUTH2030. The...

 

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

The United Nations on Thursday launched a decade for action on water that seeks to forge new partnerships, improve...

With five billion people at risk of having difficulty accessing adequate water by 2050, finding nature-based solutions, such as...

With 700 million people worldwide at risk of being displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030, water infrastructure investment...

The United Nations refugee agency announced today that it has started distributing plastic sheeting and essential...

Projects coordinated by UNICEF and the European Union have brought more than a hundred water points to the Machakel...

Video Message by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for the Global Citizen Festival India on World Toilet Day...

 

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

One in five people still lack access to modern energy. 3 billion people rely on wood, coal, charcoal or animal waste...

Calling for a new energy revolution to address the challenge of climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said...

Without urgent action, the world will fall short of its 2030 energy targets and, consequently, fail to achieve...

Universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and expanded use of renewables — targets of Sustainable Development... 

Projects coordinated by UNICEF and the European Union have brought more than a hundred water points to the Machakel...

In 2017, solar energy dominated global investment in new power generation like never before, according to...

 

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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India delivered a voluntary contribution of US $100,000 to promote the participation of developing countries in the work of a key...

Calling for a new energy revolution to address the challenge of climate change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said...

Without urgent action, the world will fall short of its 2030 energy targets and, consequently, fail to achieve...

Universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and expanded use of renewables — targets of Sustainable Development... 

Projects coordinated by UNICEF and the European Union have brought more than a hundred water points to the Machakel...

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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India delivered a voluntary contribution of US $100,000 to promote the participation of developing countries in the work of a key...

More than 61 per cent of the world’s employed population – two billion people – earn their livelihoods in the informal sector...

While the world economy continues to show broad-based momentum, a new report released Tuesday by the...

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Internet users worldwide are becoming more worried about their privacy online and many question the protections offered by...

A conversation with John Danilovich, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce & Rob Shuter Group President...

A conversation with Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development. Moderator: Catherine...

 

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

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The world’s least developed countries are narrowing ‘digital divide,’ and with millions of people now taking advantage of ...

Governments and the private sector have not kept up with the game-changing pace of digital technologies, exposing children to...

Integrated science is essential to strengthen water management, sustainably use the oceans and tackle climate change, the...

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New technologies open opportunities to improve lives and connect globally, but they can also marginalize those who are...

A conversation with Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General, UN Conference on Trade and Development. Moderator: Catherine...

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum, to be held on 30-31 January 2018, will provide a platform for youth to...

 

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

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Jalisco, Mexico, 7 December 2016 – In the past year, the world has made positive strides towards fostering an open and...

Reducing gender disparities at workplaces by 25 per cent by 2025 could inject nearly $5.8 trillion into the global economy and...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the international community to continue working for equal rights and fair...

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More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued...

With major companies joining the growing list of early adopters of United Nations standards to promote equality for lesbian...

YouTube influencer and model Jillian Mercado, a female disability rights advocate, visits the United Nations to talk about...

 

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Through the inherently integrated nature of urban development, the 11th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) impacts a wide...

Growth in the world economy is surpassing expectations and global GDP is now expected to expand by more than three...

Today, 55% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a proportion that is expected to increase to 68% by 2050. Projections show...

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UN-Habitat Executive-Director Joan Clos discusses how cities are affected by climate change — and what they’re doing to lower...

A United Nations report out Thursday makes concrete recommendations on how the right African policy framework can harness the...

Mayor Bill Peduto of Pittsburgh, USA, on why more and more cities are committing to Paris Agreement goals.

 

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

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Here at the UN, staff donated enough winter clothes to fill six hampers during the “Coats for Cups” clothing drive, taking...

An international agreement aimed at tackling illegal fishing “marks the dawn of a new era,” but rapid action is needed to ensure that its..

When considering the need to develop agriculture in the world, to grow food for animals or people, the Sahara Desert is...

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UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh sets out to discover “what sustainable fashion could look like, without..."

In remote parts of Nepal, young girls dread growing up. During their periods each month, girls and women are banished into...

“Mottainai!” is a Japanese term for “what a waste!” Watch this UN Environment video to see how living more sustainably saves...

 

Goal 13: Climate Action

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Parts of the Horn of Africa nation have not received rain for three consecutive years and, as a result, crops and livestock have...

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Hoi An, a city of 120,000, has become a significant tourist destination with around 21 million visitors in 2016. Those tourists are...

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Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued “a red alert” over a range of dangers confronting...

In a major address at the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres warns of the dangerous threat posed by climate...

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The UN is launching a new seat – The People's Seat – that will give everyone a seat at the table at COP24, the UN Climate...

After two weeks of crunch negotiations – with overtime – the almost 200 parties gathered in Katowice, Poland, for the United Nations...

 

Goal 14: Life Below Water

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Calling for strengthening the fight against illegal fishing, the United Nations food security agency has urged all countries to....

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To highlight growing concern for the health of the world’s marine ecosystems, the UN will mark World Oceans Day on 8 June with a...

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The United Nations today designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to..

Lisa Carne works to restore coral reef habitats and advocates for the sustainable management of these beneficial habitats..

Isabel Torres de Noronha, Executive Secretary of the Future Ocean Alliance, discusses how climate change impacts the...

Peter Thomson, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, on why ocean action is a key part of climate...

 

Goal 15: Life On Land

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Rajnikansan Arushanandi’s son Brideman is in fifth grade but he knows more about gardening than she does. “He has been...

The Paris Agreement will be open for signature by the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on 22 April...

A new UN-led plan has been unveiled to tackle the estimated one billion cases of influenza which occur each year, and...

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Amidst a deadly Ebola outbreak, on Saturday morning armed militia members brutally attacked an Ebola clinic in the...

A wheelchair-bound Pakistani mother who yearned to visit a park without worrying about ramp access, and a young South...

With the biodiversity of plants cultivated for food shrinking, the global population’s health, livelihoods and environment are under...

 

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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Ahead of the Summit, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed cited the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable...

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The threats of violent extremism and transnational organized crime in Afghanistan reverberate across Central Asia and the...

Conflict is not always linear, with a clear beginning, middle and end, the President of the United Nations General Assembly said.

Addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations Headquarters, Secretary-General António...

“Building Effective, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions to Achieve Sustainable Development” is part of a UN short film...

The UNESCO project “Training Security Forces on Freedom of Expression and the Safety of Journalists” aims at building the...

 

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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The global community gathered at the opening of the SDG Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany, today to...

The Internet Governance Forum has taken on an increased profile as digital technology has become an integral part of daily life...

The United Nations announced today the launch of the SDG Media Compact, an initiative marking a new drive to advance...

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“Efforts are needed to revitalize a global partnership for sustainable development to build a universal, rules-based, open,...

The United Nations and the World Bank Group today signed a Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF), which consolidates their...

A searchable online registry that outlines the actions, initiatives and plans for the implementation of the Sustainable...

 

2018 Actions in Spotlight

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