The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious plan of action for countries, the UN system, and all other actors. It was adopted in September 2015 at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York and is considered the most comprehensive blueprint to date for eliminating extreme poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting the planet, taking into account different levels of national development and capacities. The 2030 Agenda incorporates 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets to be achieved by the year 2030. It emphasizes the importance of promoting universal respect of human rights and human dignity and is built on the guiding principles of the Charter of the United Nations (UN) and international law.
The 2030 Agenda seeks to benefit all people and commits to leave no one behind by reaching out to all people in need and deprivation, wherever they are, in a manner which targets their specific challenges and vulnerabilities. It rests on the interconnected and indivisible nature of its 17 SDGs. It is crucial that all entities responsible for the implementation of SDGs treat them in their entirety instead of approaching them as a menu list of individual goals from which they pick and choose. The 2030 Agenda calls for the participation of all segments of society—irrespective of their race, gender, ethnicity, and identity and calls for establishing multistakeholder partnerships for mobilizing and sharing knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of SDGs in all countries.
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