A global problem needing a global solution – the UN has stepped in and created the blueprint for sustainable development.

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There are no greater shared problems than the climate, and whilst it is wrong to think of sustainability as simply decarbonisation, it is a good example of where isolationism is impotent when tackling a global issue. For that reason, the United Nations codified a list of sustainability objectives in the hope of uniting a global effort to tackle the issues.

The ‘United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’ runs to 17 topics and whilst some developed nations have already achieved a number of the goals, many countries still use several of the objectives as the basis of national sustainability awards. In short the UN provides the framework which many nations choose to use in setting their national sustainability targets.

THE 17 UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Goal 1: No Poverty

Economic growth to be inclusive, providing sustainable jobs and promoting equality.

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Goal 1: No Poverty

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Global food and agriculture industry to provide hunger and poverty eradication.

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being

Healthy lives and the promotion of well-being across all ages is key to sustainable development.

Goal 3: Good Health & Well-Being

Goal 4: Quality Education

The foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development is in acquiring quality education.

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Beyond being a fundamental human right, gender equality leads to peace, prosperity and a sustainable world.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Access to clean water for all is key to achieving the world we wish to live in.

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy

Affordable and clean energy will unlock huge potential, yet remains a significant challenge.

Goal 7: Affordable & Clean Energy

Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Sustainable economic growth is dependant on societies offering quality employment opportunities.

Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure

Investments in infrastructure are a key requisite to producing sustainable development.

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Disadvantaged and marginalised populations should be supported to reduce inequality.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Future cities must provide universal opportunities, offering access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Reducing food, consumer and energy waste is critical to sustain a growing global population.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

Goal 13: Climate Action

Climate change is a universal challenge, sparing no country.

Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Management of the seas is key to a sustainable future.

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Goal 15: Life on Land

Sustainably managing forests, fighting desertification, stopping and reversing land degradation and preventing biodiversity loss are critical.

Goal 15: Life on Land

Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Universal access to justice, with accountable institutions across all levels.

Goal 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

Goal 17: Partnerships

Build global partnership to deliver sustainable development.

Goal 17: Partnerships

SOLUTIONS ARE GLOBAL

Plan A-Z for the world. Codified and adopted, these 17 goals represent a clear blueprint for destinations and suppliers to work toward.

SOLUTIONS ARE GLOBAL

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