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UN Sustainable Development Goals

Image from the UNDP page listing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


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Doug Fogelson

In 2015, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) created a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that cover social, economic, and environmental disparities and harms. They include items such as education, justice, and economic growth. By not only addressing energy and emissions, this emphasizes the interconnectedness of the issues. You can explore each item in detail via the Definition link below.

The UNDP has a strategic plan to implement six “cross cutting” initiatives that achieve “high human development with a light ecological footprint.” Check out the “3 x 6 x 3” strategy in the Action link below. It contains 3 “directions of change” with 6 “signature solutions” and 3 “enablers” such as innovation, digitization, and financing.

A great deal of work has gone into the creation and refinement of the 17 SDGs. Building on this work, the UNDP is already working in 170 nations and territories to implement the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. This international effort led by the coalition of the United Nations is one of the best methodologies for enabling global change that we have today.

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