Know Your SDGs: Your Guide to What the U.N. Is Doing This Weekend


Today, the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit opens in New York. More than 150 world leaders are expected to gather there to adopt the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious document meant to define the world’s development agenda for the next 15 years.

With 17 goals and 169 individual targets, the SDGs are more numerous and complex than their predecessor, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted in 2000. But they are hugely important, both individually and together as a package of priorities to drive development until 2030.

All summer, our experts have broken them down, goal by goal, to give you a better sense of what’s included in the SDGs, what’s not, and what they could mean in terms of the work of development practitioners going forward.

If you missed any of these posts, here’s your second chance to get to know some of your SDGs before they are adopted this weekend:

Goal 1: “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”

Know Your SDGs: Can We Really End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere? by Eileen Hoffman

Goal 2: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”

Know Your SDGs: The Role of Sustainable Agriculture in Ending Hunger and Achieving Food Security by Wynne Mancini and Justin Kosoris

Goal 3: “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”

Know Your SDGs: Where is Health in the Sustainable Development Goals? by Oscar Cordon and Pauline Lee

Goal 4: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

Know Your SDGs: The Reality of Education for All by Kaitlyn Coogan and Jill Meeks

Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”

Know Your SDGs: We Can’t Secure Gender Equality Without Addressing Culture by Roselle Agner

Goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”

Know Your SDGs: The Role of Sustainability and Youth in Economic Growth by Christy Sisko

Goal 10: “Reduce inequality within and among countries”

Know Your SDGs: Reducing Inequality as the Foundation for All Development Work by Kelly Cronen

Goal 11: “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”

Know Your SDGs: Solutions for an Urban Century by Courtney Sung

Goal 12: “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”

Know Your SDGs: Can We Learn to Live Sustainably? by Michael Brown

Goal 13: “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”

Know Your SDGs: The Time is Now for Action on Climate Change by Hailey Smith

Goal 14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”

Know Your SDGs: All Hands on Deck for the World's Oceans by James Dailey

Goal 15: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”

Know Your SDGs: Valuing Forests and Other Terrestrial Ecosystems by Flora Lindsay-Herrera

Goal 16: “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”

Know Your SDGs: To Create Sustainable Peace, A Focus On Governance Is Necessary But Not Enough by Elizabeth Martin and Wynne Mancini

This is the final post in "Know Your SDGs," a recurring weekly blog series digging into the goals in the lead-up to the post-2015 development summit.

Danielle Zielinski is a manager in Chemonics' Strategic Communications and Outreach Department.

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