Compass to a sustainable world
The 2030 Agenda, with its 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addresses major environmental issues such as the climate crisis, species extinction and sustainable economy. But it also includes social challenges such as poverty reduction or equal access to education. Each goal is considered equally important, none should be achieved at the expense of another. Environmental, economic and social issues should therefore always be considered together.
The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs form the compass on the way to sustainable states and societies. A policy oriented towards SDGs considers the effects on environment, economy and people when approaching a problem. No goal should be achieved at the expense of another. On the contrary. Many problems are interlinked and can therefore only be solved together. Solutions that then take into account ecological, economic and social effects equally will be sustainable in the long run.
In order to solve global problems such as poverty, environmental degradation, climate change, inequality and many others, the SDGs apply to all countries of the world - also and especially to the industrial nations. By contrast, the previous goals, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), were exclusively dedicated to the developing countries.