Sustainable Development Goals
At a UN Summit (25-27 September 2015), Member States of the United Nations adopted The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. It officially comes into effect upon expiry of the Millennium Development Goals on 1 January 2016, will run through 2030 and applies to every country. The Agenda strives for a world that is just, rights-based, equitable and inclusive. It commits stakeholders to work together to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection and to benefit all, including women, children, youth and future generations. It is to be implemented in a manner consistent with existing obligations of states under international law (para 18). This new universal agenda will require an integrated approach to sustainable development and collective action, at all levels, to address the challenges of our time, with an overarching imperative of ‘leaving no one behind’ and addressing inequalities and discrimination as the central defining feature. Some national governments, institutions and organisations have already started to translate the new agenda into their development plans, strategies and visions.