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.

 

Sustainable Development Goals graphic

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

Peace march in Boston
A lasting peace isn't just achieved with a treaty or settlement, it requires a rebuilding of trust and a shared vision.
21 September 2017
Copacabana, Bolivia
SDG 17 - "strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development" - recognises that civil society, business and governments need to work together to achieve the SDGs.
18 September 2017
Going shopping by boat
Reflections on the second High Level Political Forum, where countries reported back on their progress towards implementing the SDGs.
31 August 2017

SDGs resources

Children in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya
This paper explores how member organisations of the Bond SDGs Group are building the commitment to "leave no one behind" into their work.
19 May 2016
Solar panel sihouette
An overview of the links between the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and recommendations on how these agreements can be delivered in an integrated way.
27 April 2016
Thomas Osore Omulako shows the groups of trees marking one of the rainmakers' shrines
Sustainability must be both the heart and backbone of the new global framework. This paper outlines six key recommendations for policy and decision makers and offers a range of practical ideas and suggestions.
5 April 2014

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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