17 Sustainable Development Goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals

  • At the press release in Nairobi, Kenya on 17th September, 2015, UN Resident Coordinator, Nardos Bekele-Thoman explained that from 2015, 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being developed to fill gaps and advance the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which hit the 2015 deadline.
  • UN member states will converge in NY from 25-27 September to discuss and adopt these goals.
  • It was also stated that the proposed summit will come up with a document, “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
  • The top priority for SDGs too will be the eradication of poverty.
  • Goals 2-5 capture the unfinished MDGs such as ending hunger, ensuring healthy lives, inclusivity and achieving gender equality and empowerment of women; while 6-11 address water and sanitation problems, affordable energy, economic growth and infrastructure and industrial development.
  • Goals 12 – 15 are incorporated to address matters as environmental sustainability and the greater concerns of climate change.

    The 17 Goals
    The 17 Goals


  • The MDGs were incorporated in 2000 and were mostly applicable to developing countries.
  • There 8 goals for the Millennium Development and the main task for MDGs was to reduce poverty to below 21 %, but by 2015, it is at 45.2%. Though there was progress in reducing poverty, the levels were still worrying.
  • Through the SDGs, the deficiencies in MDGs will be corrected.

News Item compiled by Almas Shaikh


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