A more just world and a future worth living for all people: The international community of states made this commitment in September 2015 with the adoption of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development.
With Agenda 2030, all states have committed themselves to face the global challenges together and to take responsibility for this and future generations. The focus of Agenda 2030 are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are intended to foster economic, social and ecological development.
Leave no one behind
Agenda 2030 is to be implemented at national, regional and global level, involving all stakeholders, including civil society. No one should be left behind on the way to sustainable development. "Leave no one behind" is the central principle of Agenda 2030.
Sustainability means above all: taking responsibility for the future generation. The concept is based on the conviction that we must not live at the cost of our children and grandchildren and the understanding that environment, economy and society influence each other. Long-term economic and social progress and an intact environment are mutually dependent, which means that one is not possible without the other.
Sustainable development therefore means that development is shaped in such a way that all people worldwide have equal opportunities for development, the needs of the present generation are met and the interests of future generations are explicitly taken into account.
A sophisticated and concrete plan
Agenda 2030 is a sophisticated and concrete plan on how we can meet the global challenges of our time such as climate change, poverty and hunger, inequality or crises and conflicts - and make sustainable development really possible for everyone in the world.
The sustainable development goals were established as a more comprehensive concept of sustainability following the "Millennium Development Goals". No matter whether poor or rich countries - all must contribute to achieve the goals set out in the Agenda by 2030 and to shape our world in such a way that in future all people have the same opportunities to live healthy and satisfying lives in freedom and security.
People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership
At the heart of Agenda 2030 are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are integrated and indivisible. They are introduced by five key messages which illustrate the links between the goals. They are about people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.
„We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.“
„We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.“
„We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature“
„We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.“
„We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.“