In 2015, all 193 United Nations Member States agreed to a set of Global Goals (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) designed to advance human dignity while protecting the planet.

The 17 goals and 169 targets are the world’s shared “to-do” list with a 2030 due date: ending preventable diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria and maternal deaths; improving access to education, food, and sanitation; and promoting gender equality. To achieve the ultimate goal of ending extreme poverty, the private sector, local cities, national governments, and non-profits are working together to strengthen institutions, like rule of law, support access to better work, and combat climate change.

Progress on the SDGs

According to the most recent UN Sustainable Development Goals report, important progress is being made in improving lives. Despite these signs of improvement, however, significant challenges to realizing the Global Goals remain, and on certain indicators, the UN has recorded stagnation or even backsliding.

The most recent UN Sustainable Development Goals report breaks down the successes and challenges that remain: