The Role Of UN In The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

COVID-19 is forcing millions of people over the world to suffer, damaging the global economy, and upending their lives.

The epidemic is an unusual wake-up call, exposing fundamental inequalities and precisely the flaws that are addressed in the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Bold actions can support the world get back on track towards the Sustainable Development Goals by taking advantage of the current crisis, when customary policies.

The UN has continuously been on top of every worldwide crisis/issues, let alone contributed heavily in majority of them.

The time is nearing when bold actions must be taken in order to secure the future from the extinction of life. The transition towards a sustainable economy which is vital is a necessity.

For a recovery which results in a greener economy, Sustainable Development Goals are absolutely crucial.


A global vision for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, both now and in the future, is provided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was accepted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. A global vision for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, both now and in the future, is provided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was accepted by all United Nations Member States in 2015. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an essential call to action for all nations—developed and developing—in a global partnership, are at the crux of it. They understand that tackling poverty and other forms of deprivation requires policies that enhance health and education, lessen inequality, and promote economic growth, tackle climate change, and fight to protect our oceans and forests.

Steps taken (by the UN)

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and other organizations have worked on the SDGs for decades.

  • At the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992, Agenda 21, a detailed plan of action to create a worldwide partnership for sustainable development to improve human well-being and safeguard the environment, was adopted by more than 178 nations. The Millennium Declaration was officially adopted by Member States in September 2000 at UN Headquarters in New York. Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were developed as a result of the summit to end extreme poverty by 2015.
  •  The Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development and the Plan of Implementation, which were adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa in 2002, confirmed the commitments made by the international community to the environment and the fight against poverty. It also built upon Agenda 21 and the Millennium Declaration by placing more emphasis on diplomatic and economic partnerships.
  •  Member States adopted the result document “The Future We Want” at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. In it, they decided, among other things, to start the process of creating a set of SDGs to create the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Additional measures for implementing sustainable development were included in the Rio + 20 conclusions, including as instructions for upcoming work programmes in development financing, small island developing nations, and other areas.
  • In order to create a proposal for the SDGs, the General Assembly established a 30-member Open Working Group in 2013.
  • In January 2015, the General Assembly initiated the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda.
  • The process culminated with the UN Sustainable Development Summit’s approval of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has 17 SDGs at its core, in September 2015.
  • With the passage of numerous significant deals, 2015 was a historic year for global cooperation and the development of global policy:
  •  Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai Framework (March 2015)
  • Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Development Financing (July 2015)
  •  Changing the world: In September 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York established the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which has 17 SDGs.
  •  Paris Climate Change Agreement (December 2015)
  •  The UN now uses its annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development as its main platform for monitoring and evaluating the SDGs.

Now, the SDGs and their related thematic issues, such as water, energy, climate, oceans, urbanization, transport, science and technology, the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), partnerships, and Small Island Developing States, are supported by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG). The DSDG is crucial to the review of the 2030 Agenda’s implementation across the whole UN system as well as to advocate and volunteer efforts for the SDGs. The SDGs must be easily accepted by all stakeholders in order for them to be implemented in order for the 2030 Agenda to become a reality. The goal of DSDG is to make this interaction easier.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sometimes referred to as the Global Goals, were initiated by the United Nations in 2015 action to eradicate poverty, safeguard the environment, and guarantee that by the year 2030, peace and prosperity will be achieved.

The 17 SDGs understand that development must balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability and that actions in one area will have an impact on results in others.

Countries have agreed to give those who are falling behind the most priority while making progress. The SDGs aim to eradicate AIDS, hunger, poverty, and prejudice against women and girls.

The SDGs must be achieved in every environment, and this requires the creativity, knowledge, technology, and financial resources of the entire population.

The agenda of inclusive development must be the top priority, to set aside prejudices and biased decision-making in order to overtake the alarming problem of climate change.

The UN has been implementing agenda since 2015 and has significantly impacted a majority of the nations, anyhow the less developed or still developing/ poverty stricken countries are still at the mercy of minimal supporting wages to set aside an agenda for climate change.

The SDGs have their main focus fixated on such countries to provide them with required resources and policies to fight the societal problems, and slowly but significantly shift to prioritize climatic changes altogether.

The data provided has been sourced from the UN data statistics, and is a factual representation of the process and policies undergoing in the same.

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