The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
The 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. They are global sustainability goals and targets that exist at a national and global level, and they include goals and targets for disaster risk.
The SDGs are intended to exist from 2015 to 2030, upon which time a new set of indicators is foreseen be launched by the UN. The global initiative to achieve the SDGs is often referred to as “the 2030 Agenda”, which was agreed in September 2015 by UN members.
The SDG Global Indicators that support the SDGs are high-level indicators designed to be tracked at a country level. They can be “chunked down” to be specific targets to focus on at a local level.
Specific global indicators where disaster is specified are as follows:
Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
1.5 By 2030, build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations and reduce their exposure and vulnerability to climate-related extreme events and other economic, social and environmental shocks and disasters.
Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
2.4 By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11.5 By 2030, significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters, including water-related disasters, with a focus on protecting the poor and people in vulnerable situations.
11.b By 2020, substantially increase the number of cities and human settlements adopting and implementing integrated policies and plans towards inclusion, resource efficiency, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, resilience to disasters, and develop and implement, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, holistic disaster risk management at all levels.
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
13.1 Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.
The Sustainable Development Report (including the SDG Index & Dashboards) is a complement to official SDG indicators and voluntary country-led reviews. The report is not an official monitoring tool. It uses publicly available data published by official data providers (World Bank, WHO, ILO and others) and other organisations including research centres and NGOs.
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