A comprehensive background piece on the Sustainable Development Goals from the Backgrounders series at the Council on Foreign Relations. The seventieth UN General Assembly adopted an expansive and ambitious set of development goals that aim to “end poverty in all its forms” by 2030. The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the UN’s chief initiative for advancing basic living standards in the world and addressing a range of issues, including armed conflict, climate change, and equality. Supporters say this set of nonbinding goals enjoy unprecedented input from governments and NGOs and will “provide the overarching narrative” of sustainable development, while critics say they are too broad, unfocused, and unrealistic.
This resource is quite useful in aligning Volunteer project goals and objectives with the best-practice Sustainable Development Goals in Volunteer Reporting Forms.