What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
Building on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, this set of 17 goals embraces issues such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, and peace. These goals are complementary: success in one area often depends on the work being done in another. They also demand commitment – to inclusivity, global partnership and improving life for future generations.
What is UNDP's role?
The SDGs came into effect in January 2016 and it is envisaged that all targets should be achieved by 2030. To this end, the SDGs guide policies, funding and work in the 170 countries and territories that UNDP serves.
But we cannot achieve these goals alone.
Focusing on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality, UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies.
Achieving the goals also requires the partnership of private sector, civil society and citizens. Only by working together can leave a better planet for future generations.
UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner is emphatic that it is “ever more critical to reinvigorate political momentum around a shared vision for humanity – one that is practical and can be implemented.”
This, he says, “is what we have with Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.”
SDGs in Yemen: Country Context
Since the onset of conflict in 2015, indicators suggest that development gains have been substantively reversed – effectively setting the country back by decades.