Sustainable development goals

In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development “...to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path”. To implement that ambition, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force in January 2016. The Agenda serves as a collective guide for all countries to promote human health, well-being and prosperity while safeguarding the planet.

The SDGs are profoundly transformative, cutting across technical sectors and providing a united vision for all nations. They encourage synergies between the individual actors and goals, which are by their nature, interconnected and indivisible. Good nutrition lies at the heart of these synergies and acts as a catalyst for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda as a whole. For example, diets (SDG 2) are the tie that binds environmental sustainability and human health and well-being (SDG 3). They can improve nutritional outcomes while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (SDG 13), and preserving marine life (SDG 14) and livestock (SDG 15). Diets are also linked to responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) by cities and communities (SDG 11) through sustainable food systems; partnerships across all sectors and stakeholder groups (SDG 17) are needed to mobilize action accordingly. When a community is properly nourished, it is able to reach its full developmental (SDG 4) and economic (SDG 8) potential, which helps to reduce poverty (SDG 1) and, when properly targeted, reduce inequalities (SDG 10) and ensure that no one is left behind. As a result, the transformational change called for by the 2030 Agenda can only be achieved by comprehensive and coherent shifts in actions, programmes and policies addressing both underlying and immediate causes of malnutrition.

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74th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74)

17/09/2019 - 17-30 September 2019New York City, US The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) will open on 17 September 2019. The first day of the high-level General Debate will be Tuesday, 24 [...]

SDGs Dashboard

19/06/2019 - The SDGs Dashboard, launched by iTechMission, is a data-driven initiative that supports tracking and monitoring of the SDGs. This practical tool supports data monitoring and reporting of the SDGs and [...]

First Global Conference on Synergies between the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement

01/04/2019 - 1-3 April 2019UN City, Copenhagen, Denmark The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UNFCCC will convene the first global multi-stakeholder conference on synergies between the [...]

Report to High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

15/03/2019 - UNSCN provided input to the thematic review of the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF), which is set to take place at the UN headquarters in New York from 9 - 18 July 2019. The [...]

The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2018

20/06/2018 - A fast-changing climate, conflict, inequality, persistent pockets of poverty and hunger and rapid urbanization are challenging countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals [...]

Expert Group Meeting linking nutrition with the SDGs

19/06/2018 - 19-20 June 2018, UN HQ New York UNSCN organized an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) linking nutrition with the SDGs that are under review in 2018: SDG6, SDG7, SDG11, SDG12 and SDG15. The main objectives [...]

Healthy diets for all: A key to meeting the SDGs - Global Panel Policy Brief No. 10

20/11/2017 - The policy brief "Healthy diets for all: A key to meeting the SDGs" is a call to action for policymakers at all levels to recognise the central role of high-quality diets and nutrition in [...]

Global Nutrition Report 2017 - Nourishing the SDGs

04/11/2017 - A better nourished world is a better world. Yet the 2017 Global Nutrition Report shows that, despite the significant steps the world has taken towards improving nutrition and associated health burdens [...]

Report to High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

01/07/2017 - UNSCN made a submission to the HLPF on the fundamental role of nutrition as a maker of development and an essential accelerator to achieve all SDGs. It emphasized areas that require urgent attention, [...]

SCN News 41: Nutrition and the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Seizing the Opportunity

01/10/2015 - What opportunities do the Sustainable Development Goals bring to Nutrition? The year 2015 is critical for global development. The international community is working towards the culmination of the [...]

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