Resource scarcity, climate change, food insecurity and inequity all signal the need for a radical change in our society. To address this, the 193-member United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development along with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to stimulate action over the next 15 years to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure peace and prosperity for all.
UN Environment is supporting countries implement the new sustainable development agenda by ensuring the integration of the environmental dimension into national policies and building capacity to tackle these issues and track progress. The four core principles that underlay UN Environment’s approach to the 2030 Agenda include: integration, universality, human rights and equality, and innovation.
With most of SDGs focused on the environment, UNEP works towards achieving targets on a variety of cross-cutting themes: