Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030.

Adopted by 193 countries in 2015, the SDGs emerged from the most inclusive and comprehensive negotiations in UN history and have inspired people from across sectors, geographies, and cultures. Achieving the goals by 2030 will require heroic and imaginative effort, determination to learn about what works, and agility to adapt to new information and changing trends.

The UN Foundation focuses on ideas and initiatives that generate larger impact, advance the SDG imperative to “leave no one behind,” and are backed by evidence, practical commitments, and action.

Individuals, innovations, and actions are helping the planet realize the potential and promise of the SDGs.

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UNGA 78 took place September 18 to 26, 2023 in New York. Visit our UNGA Hub for recaps, news and commentary from diplomacy’s biggest moment.

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American Leadership on the SDGs

Learn how communities across the U.S. are taking action on the Sustainable Development Goals.

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A $12 Trillion Business Imperative

Businesses embracing the SDGs await a $12 trillion economic opportunity. Read the groundbreaking report of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.

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Research and Resources

The UN Foundation works to catalyze high-impact solutions that drive progress across the goals and encourage effective policies by connecting policymakers with the best research.

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Julie Garfieldt Kofoed

Senior Director, Sustainable Development Initiatives

Maryna Maiboroda

Associate, Sustainable Development and Global Policy

Caroline Kleinfox

Director, U.S. SDG Policy Planning

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