This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. It is recognised that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, collaboratively, will implement this plan. People are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want to heal and secure the planet. People are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path. It is a collective journey, and the people pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which were announced demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. They will stimulate action over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. (Link)
Department of Economic and Social Affairs; United Nations. 2017. Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Goals – Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. Web Page [Accessed in January, 2017].