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 over the next 15 years.

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.


SDGs news and views

Our commitment to the SDGs means that international development no longer has application as a concept and practice only in the global South.
17 August 2017
Sudanese nomad in desert
Five recommendations for addressing climate change in national SDG reporting.
13 July 2017
Aerial view of UK fields
The Environmental Audit Committee's report provides recommendations for the UK government for implementing the SDGs in the UK and beyond.
27 April 2017

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 resources

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To encourage more engagement from environmental NGOs with the SDGs, the European Environmental Bureau has created an online SDG toolkit with hundreds of articles, papers, websites and other resources.
26 July 2017
Lazola visits children in their own homes, making sure they are fed, bathed, clothed and ready for school.
This policy note provides guidance on how to fulfill the SDGs' commitment to 'leave no one behind' while also ensuring the highest standards of value for money.
7 June 2016
Beating Malaria animation screenshot
Malaria Consortium have produced an animation full of useful statistics, which show the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done in the fight against Malaria.

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.

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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

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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SDGs in brief

Fully engaging the private sector in health systems development

Ron Askin on why public sector, private sector, and hybrid public-private partnerships must all participate to ensure a properly functioning health care system.

DevEx 11 October 2016

How much is gender inequality costing us? $28 trillion

A new report from The McKinsey Global Institute indicates that, if given the same job opportunities as men, women could contribute $28 trillion to global economic growth. BRAC's Asif Saleh and Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh explore some of the economic reasons why countries should foster gender equality.

Thomson Reuters Foundation 8 March 2016

Video: tackling urban poverty in Peru, India and Thailand

This animation calls on policy makers to include communities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of 'making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable'.

ODI 18 February 2016