What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.
The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Supporting the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The SDGs provide us with a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing our world such as poverty, climate change and conflict. UNDP has the experience and expertise to drive progress and help support countries on the path to sustainable development.”
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What is UNDP's role?
The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue guide UNDP policy and funding for the next 15 years. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories.
Our strategic plan focuses 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. This work is already underway, as we support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.
Our track record working across multiple goals provides us with a valuable experience and proven policy expertise to ensure we all reach the targets set out in the SDGs by 2030. But we cannot do this alone.
Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.
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The SDGs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a founding member of the United Nations and has played an active role throughout its history. The kingdom helped in shaping the outcome of the SDGs. Over the last five decades, Saudi Arabia has achieved and sustained remarkable progress along the socio-economic development pathway. Since then, Saudi Arabia and UNDP have forged a strong strategic partnership for development.
In 2018, Saudi Arabia submitted its first National Voluntary Report at the High-Level Political Forum that took place between 9 and 18 July 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York. More than 1,000 governments, delegations, businesses, and civil society leaders convened to discuss progress done by governments towards the implementation of the SDGs. The 2018 theme was "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies."
Saudi Arabia’s National Voluntary Review, supported by UNDP, was based on a comprehensive review of the status of the SDGs, their alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030, and the actions taken by national entities including the government, the private sector, and non-government organizations to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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