Title

How to Think about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: A Primer

Department

Leadership, Management & Business

Journal

NonProfit Quarterly

Volume

June 23, 2021

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2021

Publisher's Page

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/how-to-think-about-the-uns-sustainable-development-goals-a-primer/

Abstract

On September 25, 2015, at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City, all 193 member states unanimously signed the outcome document called Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The global agenda consisted of a set of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their 169 related targets, intended to offer a framework for the eradication of extreme poverty for everyone everywhere and meet broader environmental goals.

In many nations of the world, the approval of these SDGs was front-page news, with long articles detailing their many provisions. In the United States, however, the SDGs have received far less attention—a topic of discussion perhaps among impact investors and philanthropy, but not a central matter of concern.

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