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Explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the 2030 Agenda, are a group of 17 goals and 169 targets. The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and were adopted by all 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015. The SDGs aim to address social inequality, economic growth, environmental preservation, and leave no one behind in achieving the future we want. While formulated for national governments, subnational governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector worldwide have adopted the SDGs and are actively aligning their plans and activities toward this shared development agenda. San Diego was one of the cities to demonstrate its commitment through active stakeholder engagement, localized reporting, and the development of new, open-source tools to support others on this journey. Explore the 17 UN SDG icons below to learn more about how different global partnership initiatives support each goal.


End poverty in all its forms everywhere


Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

SDG 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts


End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG 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


Providing quality education for all 

SDG 10

Reduce inequality within and among countries

SDG 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


Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG 11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG 17

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

SDG 12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Source: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,

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