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The Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere. The 17 Goals were adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which set out a 15-year plan to achieve the Goals.

Today, progress is being made in many places, but, overall, action to meet the Goals is not yet advancing at the speed or scale required. 2020 needs to usher in a decade of ambitious action to deliver the Goals by 2030. (https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/development-agenda/)

The SDGs are made up of 17 Goals. Each goal has a set of targets associated with it. There are also agreed indicators for measuring the SDGs.

The UN SDG web site presents the detail about the targets and indicators of each goal along with reports on progress and other useful information broken down by year. You need to click on the particular goal icon on the landing page to access the information.

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The Sustainable Development Report 2020 presents the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states and frames the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in terms of six broad transformations. It was prepared by teams of independent experts at the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. It has interactive dashboards that provide a visual representation of countries’ performance by SDGs. This can be filtered by SDG indicator.

https://sdgindex.org/reports/sustainable-development-report-2020/

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Six Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Jeffrey D. Sachs1, Guido Schmidt-Traub, Mariana Mazzucato, Dirk Messner, Nebojsa Nakicenovic and Johan Rockström

Nature Sustainability, September 2019 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0352-9

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-019-0352-9.epdf?author_access_token=PYxHIfTzicPDZ1f8Mpi4ddRgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0OUvCcY5pZ8AaTx0MkoopkKOS7OzdwrSBL-nqy90SNoGgHmldD2otpknRagcTqK2IJMLpfAw86QRMHl3QEjytXGWz5FGotx9W9u1jWK0QbJVw%3D%3D

This is a widely cited article that presents a way of approaching the complexity of the SDGs by breaking them down in to six transformations that it describes as the modular building blocks for sustainability. The changes to social, economic and political activity, it suggests, will transform the use of resources, contributing towards the SDGs. There is a really useful section on implementation, and we were pleased to see a focus on stakeholder engagement and co-design.