Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) means :

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The Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and formally adopted by the international community at a dedicated UN Summit that took place on 25 to 27 September 2015. The new 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 associated targets integrate and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development, covering areas such as poverty, inequality, food security, health, sustainable consumption and production, growth, employment, infrastructure, sustainable management of natural resources, oceans, climate change, but also gender equality, peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice and accountable institutions. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets are global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities. They are not independent from each other—they need to be implemented in an integrated manner. The SDGs are the result of a three–year–long transparent, participatory process inclusive of all stakeholders and people’s voices. They represent an unprecedented agreement around sustainable development priorities among 193 Member States. They have received world–wide support from civil society, business, parliamentarians and other actors. They builds on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted in 2000 and guided development action for the last 15 years, helping to lift millions out of poverty.

The 17 SDGs include a stand-alone goal on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements - Goal 11: Make Cities and Human settlements Inclusive, Safe, resilient, and sustainable. A number of other goals including those on ending poverty, food security, health, education, water and sanitation, sustainable energy, resilient infrastructure, inclusive economic growth and productive employment, gender equality and climate change action are intimately linked to urban areas and Goal 11. The outcome document, also, outlines the linkage between the SDG process and the Habitat III conference, to be held in Quito in October 2016.

Based on: Press Kit for the Sustainable Development Summit 2015: Time for Global Action for People and Planet,, and on European Commission 2015, Sustainable Development Goals and the Agenda2030 Fact Sheet,; and