UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 were developed by the United Nations and its member states. The SDGs identify 17 goals as fundamental to the advancement and sustainability of humanity. The goals are relevant to and encompass the three components of human existence: economic, ecological, and human. The Sustainable Development Goals are designed to be achieved through partnerships and coalitions between the UN, its Member States, NGOs, and the private sector.

Below are some of our most popular news, articles, and podcasts related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their effect on the Earth and the political and economic conditions of its diverse populations. Click to see a list of other popular global topics.

How The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Was Formed
Listen to experts discussing, in June 2022, the origin of the UN’s Environment Program, including its key contributions to SDG15 and the 50th-year commemoration at the Stolkholm+50 conference. Click here to listen to the podcast.

The Myth Of Chinese “Debt Trap Diplomacy”
Listen to experts discussing, in May 2022, the refutable myth of Chinese “Debt Trap Diplomacy,” including examples of Chinese-financed infrastructure investment projects under its “Belt and Road Initiative. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Greta Thunberg Discussing Climate Action
Listen to Greta Thunberg discussing, in October 2021, the disappointing level of commitment from national leaders to climate action and her expectation for the UN COP26 climate change conference. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Cryptocurrency Impact On Global Development
Listen to experts discussing, in November 2021, cryptocurrency and its use in developing countries to remove real-world obstacles, and accelerate economic and development projects. Click here to listen to the podcast.

The United States Agency For International Development (USAID)
Listen to experts discussing, in February 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), its broad trends, leadership, and potential priorities for global development under the Biden administration. Click here to listen to the podcast.

European Country Rankings In Progress On UN Sustainable Development Goals
Read the report, from December 2020, about the country-level progress made toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Each EU country is scored and then ranked on a composite score for all 17 goals. Click here to read the report.

Impact Of COVID-19 On UN Sustainable Development Goals
Read the report, from April 2020, about the economic impact of COVID-19, the potential for devastating global poverty, and the overarching implications for achieving the other UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Click here to read the report.

UN Human Development Index Ranks Countries By “Planetary Pressure”
Read the report, from January 2021, that ranks countries on an updated Human Development Index.  For the first time, the Index considers planetary pressure and each country’s environmental impact. Click here to read the report.

Country Rankings For Child Abuse and Child Safety
Read the report, from January 2019, that ranks countries on a new index that evaluates how well they’re responding to the threat of sexual abuse and exploitation against children. Click here to read the report.

10 Worst Corporate Tax Havens In The World Are Stifling Sustainable Development
Read the report, from May 2019, that ranks countries as corporate tax havens. Learn about Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) and the impact that tax avoidance has on inequality, political extremism, and failing democratic institutions. Click here to read the report.


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