The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), often called the UN Global Goals, are a charter of 17 interconnected objectives that have been designed to create a better world for all, by 2030.
Created by the United Nations in negotiations that were co-chaired by Irish and Kenyan delegations, the SDGs identify a set of targets including the eradication of extreme poverty, delivery of improved education and healthcare for all and equality for women. The Global Goals also provide a road map of hundreds of measurement indicators that have been designed to achieve the SDGs by 2030.
The Irish Government, on behalf of the Irish people, and its overseas development arm, Irish Aid work directly, and in collaboration with organisations like Self Help Africa, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Self Help Africa’s own programme activities in Africa have at their core the primary Global Goals of achieving a world free from poverty and from hunger. We also implement work that respond to a wide array of the other SDGs, including projects that deliver a more gender equal world, that improve access to safe and clean water, that support sustainability, that encourage collaboration and partnership, that address the challenges of climate change, and that protects our life on land ecosystems, amongst others.
Sustainable development goals
To end poverty, everyone should have basic healthcare, security and education. Learn More.
Globally, one in nine people are undernourished. This goal aims to end hunger. Learn More.
Ensuring people live healthy lives can cut child mortality and raise life expectancy. Learn More.
Protecting the well-being of children and ensure they have access to continued learning. Learn More.
Gender equality is a human right, and is vital for a peaceful, prosperous world. Learn More.
Clean water protects people from disease, yet three in 10 people lack access to it. Learn More.
Targets for 2030 include using more renewable, affordable energy. Learn More.
Sustained and inclusive economic growth can drive progress and improve living standards. Learn More.
This involves building resilient infrastructure and fostering innovation. Learn More.
The poorest 40 per cent of the population should be able to grow their income faster than average. Learn More.
The UN wants to increase affordable housing and make settlements inclusive, safe and sustainable. Learn More.
This goal aims to foster eco-friendly production, reduce waste and boost recycling. Learn More.
Urgent action is needed, by regulating emissions and promoting renewable energy. Learn More.
The aim is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. Learn More.
To stop degradation, we must preserve forest, desert and mountain ecosystems. Learn More.
The aim is inclusive societies with strong institutions that provide justice for all. Learn More.
If all countries are to achieve the goals, international cooperation is vital. Learn More.