Sustainable Development Goals – what’s happening and how to get involved

Since Rio+20, there is commitment for the of post-2015 development goals to take over after the Millennium Development Goals and the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. The discussion has drawn in a large amount of organizations discussion „the world we want“. Yet it is still difficult to understand what the exact goals will be or how they could measured.

This blog here collects some introductory information about the SDGs and provides links to find out more and to get involved in the discussion process about where the priorities will lie.  In 1000 days from today, the MDGs will expire and the SDGs will take over in the global struggle to tackle  poverty and inequality. The timeframe to achieve the SDGs is 15 years, from 2015 to 2030.

Originally, it was agreed  in the Rio+20 outcome document that member States agreed that SDGs must:

  • Action-oriented
  • Concise
  • Easy to communicate
  • Limited in number
  • Aspirational
  • Global in nature
  • Universally applicable to all countries while taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities.

This is, so to speak, the starting point for any discussion about how the SDGs will look once they come into play after the MDGs expire. countries have filled out a questionnaire related to the development of Sustainable Development Goals outlining their priorities. You can find the documents for download here:


The first report from the UN system on the Post-2015 Development Agenda – Realizing the Future We Want for All – recommends that new goals should build on the strengths of the Millennium Development Goals, apply to all countries, and be based on the fundamental principles of human rights, equality, and sustainability. Get it here:

The World We Want website  gathers the priorities of people from every corner of the world and helps build a collective vision that will be used directly by the United Nations and World Leaders to plan a new development agenda launching in 2015, one that is based on the aspirations of all citizens! Topics include water, energy, education, food security, governance and quite a few more:

The easiest way to have your say  in this context is via this website: MY World is a global survey asking you to choose your priorities for a better world . They’ll share your 6 priority themes with the UN and partners as results will be shared with world leaders in setting the next global development agenda. Speak up about the world you want, because your voice matters. – what comes after the MDGs?  Another hub for ideas, debate and resources on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

A lot of in-depth information about the transition to a sustainable future and the SDGs can be found here: :

I hope this is enough to get you started, and hopefully many will get involved and bring in valuable ideas – only together we have a chance to tackle the most demanding problems we have!


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