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12E.1.10 Global Goals for Sustainable Development

17 Sustainable Development Goals
United Nations
United Nations

17 Sustainable Development Goals, 2015, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations,

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. Look at the list of the goals that the United Nations has developed for all countries to address. Do you see any that you might be interested in learning more about? Do you think that the United States should focus on these goals as well? How should the United States use its resources to address these goals in this country and around the world?

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals address the global use of resources, resource allocation, and conservation. Taking a global perspective while relating concepts to local issues might be an effective way to engage students and make sure that they are college, career, and civic ready. These issues encompass topics that students may already be interested in addressing. The 17 goals are integrated, recognizing that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability. This source may also provide an opportunity to work with other content-area colleagues at your school. The SDGs can be linked to the tragedy of the commons, if already taught. Additionally, resources to support the use of the SDGs may be found at

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development:

1.No Poverty; Zero Hunger; 2.Good Health and Well-Being; 3.Quality Education; 4.Gender Equality; 5.Clean Water and Sanitation; 6.Affordable and Clean Energy; 7.Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, 8.Innovation and Infrastructure; 9.Reduced Inequalities; 10.Sustainable Cities and Communities; 11.Responsible 12.Consumption and Production; 13.Climate Action; 14.Life Below Water; 15.Life on Land; 16.Peace and Justice Strong Institutions; 17.Partnerships for the Goals