The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of goals agreed by all UN countries in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are a global call-to-action to create a fair and equitable planet that everyone can enjoy, without destroying the environment for future generations.
Timeline of UN Action on Sustainable Development
Founding of the UN
The United Nations was founded as a way of ensuring worldwide peace between nations following the Second World War.
Rio Earth Summit
In June 1992, at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, more than 178 countries adopted Agenda 21, a comprehensive plan of action to build a global partnership for sustainable development to improve human lives and protect the environment.
The Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development and the Plan of Implementation, adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in South Africa in 2002, built on Agenda 21 and the Millennium Declaration with more focus on improving people’s lives and banishing poverty.