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What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Supporting the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The SDGs provide us with a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing our world such as poverty, climate change and conflict. UNDP has the experience and expertise to drive progress and help support countries on the path to sustainable development.”

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A Better Afghanistan for a Better World

The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue guide UNDP policy and funding for the next 15 years. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories.The Sustainable Development Goals are the world’s

development plan – a set of 17 measurable objectives agreed by 193 countries to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect the planet – and all to be achieved by 2030.

In Afghanistan, these “Global Goals” have been refined to fit the local context and align with the government national priorities and development frameworks.

The resulting Afghanistan Sustainable Development Goals (A-SDGs) are a blueprint for the government, the international community, the private sector and civil society to realise transformative and lasting change.

Robust mechanisms are in place to coordinate efforts at all levels of government and across different agencies and stakeholders. Monitoring of results is carried out by the National Statistics Information Agency across 112 targets with 178 indicators.

The challenges are immense – from security to poverty; from migration to discrimination, climate change, energy shortages, unemployment and governance – but the A-SDGS are a clear guide for Afghanistan to guarantee a better future for Afghans. For more resources related to the SDGs, click here.


Key Players

• Ministry of the Economy: lead agency for coordinating and managing A-SDGs.

• A-SDGs Executive Committee: oversight activities of government institutions, national and international stakeholders towards A-SDGs implementation.

• The Executive Committee Technical Working Groups: (1) security and governance; (2) agriculture and rural development; (3) education, health and social protection; and (4) economic growth and infrastructure.


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