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Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (August 12th 2015)

Final draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Heads of State and Government of 193 member States of the United Nations met in New York from 25-27 September 2015 to finalise and adopt new global goals for the sustainable development of humanity and of our planet.

You can read the contents of the document HERE

Can you see yourself in this?

Can you imagine what the world would be like if, in 2030, all/most of what is set out in the document is achieved?

What can and will YOU do to make sure everyone in Ireland - your family, your friends, your coworkers, your community, your church, etc - hears about and understands what these Sustainable Development Goals mean and can bring about?

These new goals are about People; Planet; Prosperity; Peace; and Partnership. Check out the short piece below and again, please dip into or have a detailed read of the document which we all hope will bring about transformative change for the betterment of all of us - people and planet.



This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. We recognise that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development.


All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind.


The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.


The Goals and targets will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet:



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 revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.


The interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised. If we realize our ambitions across the full extent of the Agenda, the lives of all will be profoundly improved and our world will be transformed for the better.