Global Policy

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals and targets are the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and they acknowledge the critical role that a healthy environment can play in addressing current challenges including poverty, climate change, food and water security.

IUCN actively engaged in the negotiations since the Rio+20 Conference to ensure that the new agenda would promote sustainable development in all its dimensions: a true integration of the environmental, social and economic aspects. Cognizant of the need to ensure policy coherence at the global level, IUCN promoted building upon existing commitments, like the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and called for the inclusion of governance aspects, and for ensuring accountability in its monitoring mechanism.

Implementation: the way forward


Diagram of the 2017-2020 Programme frameworkWith its universal nature, the 2030 Agenda is applicable to all countries of the world and every stakeholder has a role to play to ensure that we truly transform our world by 2030.

IUCN seeks to contribute to the delivery of the SDGs, through its Programme 2017- 2020. IUCN will work directly towards the achievement of the environmental targets within the SDGs while viewing these in the context of achievement of the full suite of SDGs. 

See the IUCN Brochure on SDGs 

IUCN has been engaging in the Inter Agency Expert Group for SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) and a number of its knowledge products are included in the SDG indicators framework as recognition that IUCN holds the necessary credible science to assist governments and other actors in tracking progress towards meeting the SDGs.   

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