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On September 25, 2015, world leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a truly universal, and transformative global development agenda. This 15 year agenda aims to guide the international community and national governments on a pathway towards sustainable development, leaving no one behind.

Agreed by the 193 Member States of the UN, the Agenda, entitled “Transforming Our World: 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets, as well as a section on means of implementation and renewed global partnership, and a framework for review and follow-up. This historic agenda is universal – calling upon countries at all development states to join efforts in realizing economic growth, social inclusion, environmental protection, all underpinned by good governance.

Looking ahead, the SDSN will to work closely with partners in academia, government, business, civil society, and the UN to support evidence-based solutions for realizing the SDGs.

Key resources

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – UN

Full list of 17 SDGs and 169 targets – UN

FAQs on the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 – UN

Official logos and communications materials – UN

100 Proposed Global Indicators for the SDGs – SDSN

SDSNedu mini-series: “Transforming the World: Achieving the SDGs” with Professor Jeffrey Sachs

Select media

UN adopts new Global Goals, charting sustainable development for people and planet by 2030UN News Centre, September 25

Pope Francis Addresses U.N., Calling for Peace and Environmental Justice – New York Times, September 25

U.N. Adopts Ambitious Global Goals After Years of NegotiationsNew York Times, September 25

Mogens Lykketoft: The Sustainable Development Goals: Making Transformation HappenHuffington Post, September 25

China pledges $2 billion to help poor states meet U.N. goalsReuters, September 26