The Full List of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (with pictures) – #SDGs

Mark Horoszowski

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Summary of 17 Sustainable development goals

The United Nations has published  17 Sustainable Development Goals to guide the role of public, non-profit, for-profit, and voluntary sectors in global development. The team behind it has identified 17 goals and 169 targets, which was ratified at the September 25-27 2015 United Nations summit.

The entire #SDGsandME series helps explain more about the SDGs, and how you can help reach them in your personal and professional life.

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While the United Nations has published lots of great content explaining the workgroup’s history, progress, and outcomes, finding the full list of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals can take some digging, so here is the full list of 17 for your convenience. And if you want to take action against theSGd, we encourage you to follow the #SDGsandME series, or join the MovingWorlds Institute to connect with a group of like-minded professionals using their careers to achieve the goals SDGs.

17 Sustainable Development Goals
Goal 1 End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
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
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
Goal 17 Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

For more information about these goals, Wikipedia has a nice explanation of the background and goals, and the United Nations has also produced pictures to help bring the goals to life:

SDG Goal 1 - Poverty
SDG Goal 1 – Poverty
SDG Goal 2 - hunger
SDG Goal 2 – hunger
SDG Goal 3 – Health
SDG Goal 4 - Education
SDG Goal 4 – Education
SDG Goal 5 – Gender equality
SDG Goal 6 – Water
SDG Goal 7 – Sustainable energy
SDG Goal 8 – Sustainable economy
SDG Goal 9 – Sustainable industrialization
SDG Goal 10 - Reduce inequality
SDG Goal 10 – Reduce inequality
SDG Goal 11 – Inclusive cities
SDG Goal 12 – Sustainable consumption and production
SDG Goal 13 – Urgent action on climate change
SDG Goal 14 – Conserve sea and marine resources
SDG Goal 15 – Protect environment and biodiversity
SDG Goal 16 – Inclusive societies
SDG Goal 17 – Strengthen global partnerships

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If you want more details, the children’s guide to these goals is actually quite helpful, and might just inspire you to tap into your inner childlike spirit of believing that anything is possible, like eradicating poverty by 2030.

And if you want to take action against theSGd, we encourage you to follow the #SDGsandME series, or join the MovingWorlds Institute to connect with a group of like-minded professionals using their careers to achieve the goals SDGs.