On September 25, 2015, 193 world leaders adopted the post-2015 development agenda, “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Agreed to by consensus, the Agenda is a plan of action for people (to end extreme poverty and ensure that all human beings can fulfill their potential in a healthy environment); planet (to protect earth from degradation so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations); and prosperity (to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous lives in peaceful, inclusive and just societies). This plan cannot be attained without peace or without partnerships, mobilizing global solidarity.
Heads of State and Government representatives adopted a comprehensive set of Goals and Targets to ensure the full implementation of an Agenda of unprecedented scope and significance. The Global Goals, as the Sustainable Development Goals are also known, came into effect in January 2016 to build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals.
They are a set of ambitious 17 Goals and 169 Targets and are meant for all countries and for all people. The goals are integrated and indivisible, and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership; they provide a common blueprint for all of us to tackle the most critical problems in the world while ensuring no one is left behind.
For the 2016 report on the Sustainable Development Goals please click here. To learn more about how different stakeholders are achieving the SDGs you can visit the United Nations Sustainable Knowledge Platform.
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERING AND THE SDGs
Working closely with the UN and our stakeholders, we are creating tools and frameworks to promote awareness on the critical role of corporations in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. With the support of the UNSSC, IMPACT 2030 is leveraging existing knowledge and education resources to help organizations deepen their understanding of the Sustainable Development Agenda and to identify practical steps that businesses can take towards the achievement of the SDGs through the alignment of their corporate volunteer efforts.
“Following the adoption of the Agenda, the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development was created to provide learning and training around the Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. What do these Agendas mean in practice? How do we change behaviors to get there? How do we partner and engage others? And what type of leadership is required?
“Working with IMPACT 2030 provides a brilliant opportunity to talk, understand and learn from each other. It opens possibilities to connect and better partner with the private sector to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Patrick van Weerelt, Head of Office of the UN System Staff College (UNSSC), Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development.