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How do CSO leaders rank SDGs and aid donors?

A new survey asked 3500 CSO leaders what they think of different international donors and which SDGs are the most important.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved during the time up to 2030.

They are universal goals which involve and apply to the entire world, developed and developing countries alike.

If taken seriously, this new agenda has the power to transform our world, and deliver a fairer and more sustainable future for all.

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Leave no one behind

The commitment to "leave no one behind" is firmly embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

As we embark on this great collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. We wish to see the goals and targets met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society.

If properly implemented, this principle will ensure the SDGs make even more progress than the Millennium Development Goals; they will benefit everyone, everywhere and put the most marginalised people first.

 

SDG essentials

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed in September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit. As well as 17 Goals, governments agreed a set of targets for the Goals, along with plans for financing, development of indicators [PDF] of success, and follow up and review mechanisms. 

Bond has produced a number of useful papers on the progress and monitoring of the Goals:

What we're doing

  • We're bringing the Bond network together so that member organisations can make the most effective contribution to the new goals.
  • We're working to ensure the principle of "leave no one behind" is not forgotten, and we're helping members learn from each other's experiences of the challenges of this ambitious approach.
  • We're engaging with the UK government to help them "bring the goals home": we host the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the SDGs and we provide policy briefings and recommendations to UK parliamentarians and relevant committees on the implementation of the SDGs.
  • We're working with colleagues around the world to ensure all governments stick to their commitments.

SDGs news and views

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4 May 2022
The SDGs provide the framework to address the interconnected crises of climate change, Covid-19, conflict, poverty and inequality, while leaving no one behind. But time is running out to implement them in full across sectors. Action must be taken.
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22 February 2022
As the world grapples with the devastating effects of Covid-19, it’s more urgent than ever for countries to increase action to deliver the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the end of the decade. The UK is falling short.
20 December 2021
The challenges faced by the sector in 2021 – the merger of DFID and the FCO, the pandemic, and the aid cuts – have had serious implications for the world’s most marginalised communities and for the SDGs and sustainable economic development.

SDGs resources

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This session gave a basic understanding of what One Health is with some key asks for governments under the SDG framework, showing how it links to sustainability and what it looks like in action on the ground. 
25 June 2021
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Over 200 civil society organisations call on G7 leaders to agree a bold and ambitious policy agenda that puts people and planet at the centre of the world's recovery
26 April 2021
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An independent assessment of the voluntary national review reports submitted to the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2020
31 March 2021

Get involved

There are lots of ways to engage with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. And it's important the world mobilises to raise awareness of the goals, hold governments to account and inspire action.

SDGs group

If you work for a Bond member organisation, you can join the SDGs group on My Bond.

Join the group

Leave No One Behind subgroup

If you are specifically interested in Leave No One Behind, there's a subgroup just for you.

Join the group

Together 2030

Together 2030 is a global civil society initiative promoting and tracking progress of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its aim is to generate knowledge and project voices from stakeholders around the world on the challenges and opportunities for the 2030 Agenda.

Visit the website

Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD)

This global platform aims to raise awareness, build a community, hold governments to account and share knowledge on the new agenda.

Visit the website

If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about Bond's work on the SDGs, get in touch with Mariana Rudge.

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