The 2030 Agenda presents long-term solutions to the forces that threaten the world and human society. But success will only be possible through joint endeavour
The world already looks very different to the place it was when UN member states adopted the SDGs in September 2015. How can we ensure that the international community remains committed to the pledges it made?
A year on from the birth of the SDGs, governments have reaffirmed their commitment to them in various national plans and international agreements. But achieving the Global Goals will also require a fundamental shift in all our behaviours if we are to truly create a world where no one is left behind
Breaking the cycle of poverty requires an understanding of the circumstances that sustain it. What can be done to address poverty that is intentional and not accidental?
For people born today, the SDGs offer hope of growing up in a world where malnutrition becomes a thing of the past. What will this take to achieve?
Switching to a vegan diet can contribute to food security and health, and is consistent with the SDGs' underlying principles of fairness and equality. It is also easy to do and accessible to the individual
What must we learn from our collective response to the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa if we are to have any hope of ensuring ‘healthy lives for all’ by 2030?
The global commitment to slash child mortality by 2030 promises to save millions of lives. But achieving it requires a step change in how we facilitate healthy living for society’s most vulnerable
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The development and environment sectors have mostly operated independently of each other. What are the practical challenges of coordinating effective action that ensures development is environmentally sustainable?
Nature-based solutions to water security offer innovative, cost-effective, integrative approaches to aid progress of the SDGs and contribute to solving complex challenges around water management
Climate change threatens to hamper development for some of the world’s most vulnerable nations. What can the international community do to ensure these countries adapt successfully?
The ocean is vital to our planet’s functioning, but human activity has put its health in jeopardy. How can we help the ocean to recover and sustain our future?
Human activity has left the oceans – and the life they support – in a perilous state. Could a new UN ocean treaty bring oceans back from the brink?
Over a decade of diplomacy has culminated in the creation of the world’s largest marine protected area, the Ross Sea region MPA, protecting 600,000 sq miles of the Southern Ocean from commercial fishing for 35 years
Championing the wider economic benefits will be key to driving more sustainable use of land
Business has a significant role to play in delivering the SDGs. How can the concept of ‘capitals’ – from natural to intellectual – help the sector to focus its contribution?
What can governments do to generate growth that benefits everyone equally?
Unless pervasive discrimination and gross inequalities within and among countries are addressed, development will not be sustainable
Despite the good intentions of governments and wider society, women still face huge inequalities, particularly in continents like Africa. If we are to achieve a sustainable future where no one is left behind, much work to close the gender gap remains
The answer to achieving SDG 4 lies in tapping into the energy of one of the most powerful resources we have: the world’s teachers
Innovative use of ‘big data’ will be critical to understanding and analysing progress towards achieving the goals by 2030
The key to solving the global problem of income inequality will be to improve employment opportunities and ensure fairer rates of pay. How can this be achieved?
The consumer goods industry is leading the charge towards sustainable development through positive, collective actions and cross-sectoral collaborations
A sustainable future requires fundamental changes to the way companies operate. Yet, for responsible businesses, the SDGs also offer vast new opportunities
As developing economies grow, tax receipts should become the primary source of development finance. Why do tax receipts in Africa remain so low in relation to GDP?
Trade offers economic opportunities to consumers and producers, but also threatens to exacerbate deep inequalities. How can we ensure that trade generates wealth for all?
Supporting smallholder farmers with business and agricultural skills in the pursuit of SDGs 1, 2, 8, 9 and 17
With a rapidly expanding population and high-risk exposure to the effects of climate change, Asia and the Pacific requires a paradigm shift in infrastructure planning if it is to pursue a path of sustainable development
Today’s goods and services are the product of complex and sometimes opaque supply chains. How can we ensure that businesses embed the SDG principles throughout their entire operation?
Multi-stakeholder collaboration is key to tackling child labour in West Africa’s cocoa sector
According to the World Bank, 90 per cent of civil wars over the last decade took place in countries that had already experienced conflict. What are the key ingredients that trigger a return to war, and how can we try to ensure that peacebuilding succeeds and lasts?
UN member states accepted sustainable development as a policy vision 25 years ago, but its implementation has been troublesome. Will rising powers provide a new impetus to help realise this vision?
Conflicts, disasters and uneven development force millions of the world’s most vulnerable people from their homes every year. If the 2030 Agenda seeks to leave no one behind, how can it help to solve the complex problem of internal displacement?
With peace and stability a prerequisite for sustainable development, nowhere will the SDGs have the potential for greater impact than in countries ravaged by conflict