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Sustainable development goals

UNEP’s role in environmental sustainability for the 2030 Agenda

In September, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all.

About half of the SDGs are directly environmental in focus or address the sustainability of natural resources: poverty, health, food and agriculture, water and sanitation, human settlements, energy, climate change, sustainable consumption and production, oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems.

UNEP promotes environmental sustainability as a crucial enabling factor in ensuring the health of our planet, and is committed to working with all parties to ensure the success of the ambitious agenda.

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INCREASE RESOURCE EFFICIENCY IMPROVE SOIL & WATER SAFEGUARD THE OCEANS REDUCE POLLUTION & WASTE BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGY COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE LIVE & PROSPER SUSTAINABLY GOVERN THE ENVIRONMENT HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MONITORING NATIONAL PLANNING SYSTEMATIC ISSUES TRADE TECHNOLOGY FINANCE PARTNERSHIPS CAPACITY BUILDING POLICY COHERENCE

ENVIRONMENTAL DIMENSION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

GOVERN THE ENVIRONMENT

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Reduced inequalities

Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Quality education

Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Gender equality

Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

REDUCE POLLUTION & WASTE

BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGY

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Good health and well-being

Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

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Affordable and clean energy

Affordable and clean energy

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable ndustrialization and foster innovation

INCREASE RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

LIVE & PROSPER SUSTAINABLY

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Responsible consumption and production

Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

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Decent work and economic growth

Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

No poverty

No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Sustainable cities and communities

Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS

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Climate action

Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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Life on land

Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

IMPROVE SOIL & WATER

SAFEGUARD THE OCEANS

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Clean water and sanitation

Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Zero hunger

Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

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Life below water

Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development