What are the 17 goals of sustainable development?
Updated: Jan 27
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of a global plan established by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 to construct and implement public policies that aim to guide humanity until 2030.
These goals are important because they define the list of tasks to be accomplished by governments, civil society, the private sector and all citizens on the collective journey towards a more sustainable world.
To accelerate progress towards the SDGs, it is necessary to raise awareness, take action, and hold decision-makers accountable for progress.
How can you be part of this?
We present some ways to help the planet reach the goals by 2030 and alternatives to make everyone's life better!
Do volunteer work
Participate in donation campaigns (money – those who can, food, warm clothes you no longer use, toys, etc.)
Research what you can do to help needy communities around the world and in your location. Did you know that 736 million people still live in extreme poverty?
Participate in the construction of vegetable gardens
Participate in non-perishable food collection campaigns
Avoid food waste at all costs
Participate in blood and bone marrow donation campaigns
Practice outdoor exercise
Health efforts for the community with specialists
Offer free classes and courses
Participate in “adopt a student” campaigns with financial help and monthly monitoring. Nowadays, 57 million primary-aged children remain out of school, more than half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
Help women gain power in different areas, whether in politics (vote for women), arts, sciences, sports, or other fields
Pay (and demand) the same salary for equal work
Encourage a safe environment for reporting discrimination, harassment and racism
Do not waste water. The world has lost 70% of its natural wetlands over the last century
Fundraising for community projects
Create networks that enable low-tech solutions to be taken to communities in need
Conscious use of energy
Invest in clean energy, if possible, try switching to a green energy provide
Fight global warming. Energy is by far the main contributor to climate change. It accounts for 73% of human-caused greenhouse gases
Promote and participate in lectures on financial education and worker rights
Fight for your rights! Overall, 2 billion workers were in informal employment in 2016, accounting for 61% of the world’s workforce
Promote sustainable industries
Invest in scientific research and innovation
Support the energy transition. Currently, 2.6 billion people in developing countries do not have access to constant electricity
Technical training and opportunities for minorities, for example, refugees
Support for inclusive educational projects
Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome
Joint efforts to clean and improve squares, beaches and other public spaces
Encourage industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste
Walk, use public transport and other means that do not pollute the environment
Choose sustainable, vintage, and eco-friendly products
Avoid single-use plastic and non-recyclable materials
Be responsible with your consumption of food and products. Per year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted
Shrink your digital footprint
Optimize your diet. 23% of greenhouse gas emissions are from food production.
Invest, support, and adopt renewable energies. The energy sector alone will create around 18 million more jobs by 2030, focused specifically on sustainable energy.
Decrease the use of plastic. Currently, an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter are found on every square kilometre of ocean
Reduce Pollutants. Choose nontoxic chemicals and dispose of herbicides, pesticides, and cleaning products properly
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Combat global poaching and trafficking. Do not buy products that are the result of illegal wildlife trade
Promote free legal advice to social organizations and low-income people
Fostering bottom-up empowerment
Be an ethical, responsible and transparent person. Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost developing countries $ 1.26 trillion per year
It is a call for countries to align policies. It is a vision for improved and more equitable trade, as well as coordinated investment initiatives to promote sustainable development across borders
Support and publicize collective financing projects for important causes