The United Nations Member States adopted in 2015 The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. This agenda was a call for action for prosperity, peace, people and planet. The ambition of this agenda is demostrated through 17 Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs and 169 targets. The goals and targets try to adress five areas of ctitical importance for action for the planet and humanity as described by the UN (UN, 2022):


We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.


We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.


We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.


We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.


We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.

The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.

Each year a Progress report is issued by the UN Secretary General. It is based on information from various sources collected at the regional level and the global indicator framework and data produced by national statistical systems. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022  was published July 7th 2022 and highlights the challenges ahead and the urgent action needed in order to rescue the SDGs.