After many months of collaboration and negotiation, UN Member States have designed a set of 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development that will frame the international agenda and policies over the next 15 years. These ambitious goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will build on the successes of the previous Millennium Development Goals. The 17 global goals and their 169 targets are focused on protecting our planet and its lifeforms, and ensuring prosperity for the present and future generations.
World leaders will meet at a special UN summit on 25–27 September to formally adopt the SDGs, which will then be implemented from 1 January 2016. During the 17 days leading up to this summit, UNU is publishing brief articles that explore the issues and realities underlying each of the 17 goals. Several UNU-IAS researchers are also contributing to the series through blog articles on education, energy, urban development, climate change and the partnership for the goals:
The Tell Everyone social media campaign asks: Which of the goals do you care about? We at UNU can’t choose just one, or even a few; our work on “pressing global problems” permeates all 17 goals. The interlinked challenges encompassed by these goals can be most effectively addressed through the kind of integrated, interdisciplinary, collaborative approach that has always been the hallmark of UNU research.