“World leaders have an unprecedented opportunity this year to shift the world onto a path
of inclusive, sustainable and resilient development" - Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.
At the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
17 SDGs are listed below:
1. No poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere
2. Zero hunger - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
3. Good health and well-being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
4. Quality education - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
5. Gender equality - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
6. Clean water and sanitation - Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
7. Affordable and clean energy - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
8. Industry, innovation, infrastructure - Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
9. Reduced inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries
10. Sustainable cities and communities - Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
11. Climate action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
12. Responsible consumption, production - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
13. Climate action - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
14. Life below water - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
15. Life on land - Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
16. Peace, justice and strong institutions - Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
17. Partnerships for the goals - Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Provincial councils possess the capacity and the responsibility of implementing development projects which would help contributing towards achievement of the above SDGs. All development sectors identified by the Finance Commission for which the funds are allocated to the provinces relate to most SDGs in their nature and practice.