Sustainable Development Goals

Countries recognized the success of the MDGs, as well as the fact that a new development agenda was needed beyond 2015 to complete the unfinished MDG agenda and take the world community to a new development path. Thus, world leaders, agreed in 2012 at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Rio+20 galvanized a three-year-long process of unprecedentedly participatory global consultations, involving experts, civil society organizations, citizens, academics and the private sector from around the world. Critically, thematic and national consultations, as well as the "My World" global survey and specialized panels, provided the foundation for facilitating inter-governmental discussions.

All this resulted in the identification of 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets for the period until 2030. In September 2015, during a historic summit of the United NationsGeneral Assembly, the SDGs were formally adopted.

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