The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Introduction

The next era of human development: UNICEF and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

 

For 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were a guiding force on many issues affecting the lives of children, young people and their families.  Over this time, tremendous progress was made in reducing preventable child deaths, getting more children into schools (including both girls and boys), reducing extreme poverty and in ensuring more people have access to safe water and nutritious food. 

However, progress has been uneven and many of the most pressing issues for the world -- including addressing inequalities, promoting inclusive economic growth, protecting children from violence and combating climate change -- were not adequately covered in the MDGs.

With the passage of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September of 2015, world leaders have set forth a course for the next era of human development that is transformational for both people and planet.  Millions were involved in crafting what this new sustainable development agenda looks like: governments, civil society, the private sector, academia, the UN system, concerned individuals.  These stakeholders and others will now need to be involved in implementing this agenda so that it delivers for all children globally.  

Want to learn about the new SDGs in an easy-to-understand way?  Watch the animated video:  The Road to the SDGs: A Discussion with students.  Also available (subtitles) in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish and English (for hearing impaired).  

 


 

 

 

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