17 Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, the 2030 Agenda is a blueprint for a world free from poverty, hunger, disease, fear and violence. A world characterized by universal respect for human rights, dignity, justice, gender equality, equal opportunities. A world where exploitation and discrimination are a thing of the past. A world that seeks to establish inclusive, sustainable stewardship of the environment and biodiversity so that people live in harmony with nature, and all life forms are protected and can flourish.

To make this vision a reality and change the world for the better, there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs for short) that governments, (international) organisations and businesses around the globe are cooperating to achieve. The goals range from combatting poverty through promoting gender equality and decent working conditions to protecting nature and wildlife as well as tackling climate change. Since SDGs are universal and apply in all countries, it is particularly important to address the needs and priorities of the world’s most vulnerable people, populations and nations.

All the projects and organisations to be found on elevaide are committed to pursuing at least one of these 17 goals. You will see and learn how they are contributing to a better world—and how you can help.


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    Impact goals

    What organisations aim to achieve

    While SDGs are abstract, globally applicable goals, organisational and project impact goals specify a precise outcome. They use concrete terms that let you clearly visualize how the organisation’s work will benefit a specific target group through its project, improving their lives. As impact goals are specific to a particular project, they can differ from one organisation to the next, even when both are pursuing the same SDG. They are short-term milestones on the road to making the global goal a reality in the long term. That is why they lie at the heart of all projects devoted to making a social impact.