The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs also referred to as #GlobalGoals) are the framework of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. Their implementation is necessary to empower women and the youth to live in a world, in which all people can thrive as global citizens. On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and with it the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In 2016, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change entered into force, addressing the need to limit the rise of global temperatures.

Ever since then governments, businesses, academia and civil society together with the United Nations and other partners are mobilizing efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Agenda by 2030. Universal, inclusive and indivisible, the Agenda calls for action by all countries to improve the lives of people everywhere. Everybody has a share in the implementation of these landmark agreements. Everybody must do their utmost to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The SDGs, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The Sustainable Development Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

There are 169 targets for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Each target has 1-3 indicators used to measure progress toward reaching the targets. In total there are 304 indicators that will measure compliance.

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens wants to assist in the implementation of these SDGs particularly focusing on women and the youth.

“At its essence, sustainability means ensuring prosperity and environmental protection without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. A sustainable world is one where people can escape poverty and enjoy decent work without harming the earth’s essential ecosystems and resources; where people can stay healthy and get the food and water they need; where everyone can access clean energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change; where women and girls are afforded equal rights and equal opportunity.” – Ban Ki-moon

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