2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Sustainable Development Goals
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Discover the 17 Goals:
- End poverty in all its forms everywhere;
- End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture;
- Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages;
- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all;
- Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls;
- Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all;
- Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all;
- Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all;
- Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation;
- Reduce inequality within and among countries;
- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable;
- Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;
- Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts;
- Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development;
- Protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss;
- Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels;
- Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) understands that its conformity assessment schemes can play an essential role in helping organizations avoid inadvertent greenwashing* when communicating their support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This was one of the main conclusions of an international round table on the SDGs during the IEC General Meeting in San Francisco. The IEC believes that international standards and conformity assessment can help the world achieve these goals.
*The term greenwashing means false advertising. Its objective is to spread the false idea that companies, NGOs, or governments have sustainable practices when they do not.