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.
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.
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:
- Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Where to start? [PDF]
We need to take pragmatic and integrated approaches to implementing the most ambitious and comprehensive global agenda ever to have been agreed.
- Progressing national SDGs implementation: Experiences and recommendations from 2016 [PDF]
Getting the accountability structures fit for purpose is key in ensuring this pledge is fulfilled. The UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is the key global forum in charge of monitoring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs.
- Leaving no one behind: Putting marginalised people at the forefront of the Sustainable Development Goals [PDF]
The principle of “leave no one behind” is embedded in the essence of the 2030 Agenda. It is implicit in its ambition to eradicate poverty in all its forms by 2030 and by endorsing the 2030 Agenda declaration all countries made an explicit pledge to “leave no one behind”.
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
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.
If you work for a Bond member organisation, you can join the SDGs group on My Bond.
Leave No One Behind subgroup
If you are specifically interested in Leave No One Behind, there's a subgroup just for you.
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.
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.
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.