Sustainability and Sustainable Development

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development Goals: The Goals, Targets, Indicators

The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations in autumn 2015 are a core component of humanity's “Road to Diginity” in the quest for a sustainable development.


Meetings relevant to the SDG implementation and monitoring are announced on the Upcoming Events page of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Service.

The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development meets annually and reviews selected SDGs at the HLPF meetings. More information on SDG implementation is available at the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform (SDKP).


[February 10, 2017] How to be successful under unfavorable conditions?: In a new column in ApogeoSpatial, Hans-Peter Plag finds that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations came in a world not prepared for them and he addresses the question how they can be successful under these umfavorable conditions.

Partnerships for the SDGs

A Concept Note (local pdf) discusses the PCSD partnership. This multi-stakeholder considered includes the OECD Policy Coherence for Development Unit, the Stockholm Environment Institute, (SEI) and the Center for Global Development (CGD). Read more about the SEI and read more about the CGD.

Monitoring Framework for the SDG Targets

There are an increasing number of measures available to track progress towards the SDGs. Here we are compiling a list of these measures:

  • Commitment to Development Index: The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on their dedication to policies that benefit people living in poorer nations.