In 2015, a new global development agenda setting priorities for the next fifteen years has been launched. World leaders adopted Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September at the United Nations.
These goals represent a commitment by all countries to tackle some of the toughest global challenges: ending poverty and hunger, reducing inequality, providing good education, and achieving better health, good jobs and environmental sustainability. The goals also focus on peaceful and inclusive societies as well as international partnerships.
The new agenda is a universal one; sustainable development is about all of us. Achieving it requires us to reexamine how we live, work, consume, carry out our lives, build our industries and run our governments.
Armed with the Sustainable Development Goals, the world now has the bold roadmap it needs for inclusive and sustainable growth which doesn't wreck the planet.
Sustainable development requires whole of government approaches to economic, social, and environmental policies. But, engagement is also required from all sectors of society, and that requires vibrant, independent platforms for civil society. Goal 16 of the SDGs acknowledges this by calling for responsive, inclusive, participatory, and representative decision-making at all levels.