In Rio de Janeiro in 2012, the Sustainable Development Goals were introduced at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. These goals were meant to replace the Millennium Development Goals, which had been introduced in 2000, and which were to be completed after a 15 year mandate. The focus of the 8 MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) was mostly on eradicating extreme poverty, and in their 15-year mandate, the United Nations Development Program, in partnership with over 170 countries and territories, was able to make significant advancements on those goals. Take a look at the video below to learn more about the move from MDG to SDG.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals cover a wide range of topics, with a central focus on the three main pillars of sustainable development: social progress, economic growth and environmental protection. They have been developed by the United Nations Development Program in partnership with a wide range of interest groups, and take into consideration various historic agreements, such as the Paris Climate Conference and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The Sustainable Development Goals are ones that affect all countries, not only those in the developing world, which makes them an important part of our understanding of global issues.
Take some time to click on the links that are found on the Links page, to learn more about these important guidelines for the future of our planet!