What Is UN 2030?

By: Dr. Nor Edzan Che Nasir (Immediate Past President, PPM; Chief Editor, Berita PPM)


On 25 September 2015, at the 2015 United Nations (UN) Summit New York, 193 heads of state adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development or aptly known as UN 2030. The Agenda, covering a period of 15 years,  “is a plan of action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. At the same time, it seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom” (UN, 2015). In its entirety, the Agenda encompasses 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) or global goals and 169 targets. The Agenda is officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


UN 2030 finally came into force on 1 January 2015 and for the next 15 years, all countries must work towards ending poverty, fighting for inequalities and overcoming climate change. At the same time, no one country would be left behind. However, these SDGs are not legally binding but the UN expects all governments to take ownership of the SDGs and establish the respective national frameworks in order to achieve the SDGs. The 17 SDGs are as follows:


Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere. 
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable  agriculture.
Goal 3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well being for all at all ages .
Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable  quality education and promote lifelong learning  opportunities for all.
Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
Goal 8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive  employment and decent work for all. 
Goal 9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and  foster innovation. 
Goal 10. Reduce inequality within and among countries. 
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. 
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable  development. 
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably  manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt  biodiversity loss. 
Goal 16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access  to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. 
Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for  Sustainable Development. 

The documentation on UN 2030 which was published in 2015 is available here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld/publication/


In order to get a better understanding of the 17 SDGs, do visit this website: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/


We, as individuals, can play our part as contributors to a sustainable future by telling our family, friends and colleagues about the SDGs as well as taking the appropraite actions as prescribed here: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/



United Nations. 2015. United Nations. 2015. Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals to transform our world:  A lazy person’s guide to saving the world. http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/takeaction/


United Nations. 2015. Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals to transform our world: Sustainable development goals. http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

United Nations. 2015. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld

United Nations. 2015. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld/publication/



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