The Decade of Action

The Decade of Action

The Sustainable Development Goals are a challenge to all countries – poor, rich and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

Each of us has to take action—locally and globally in this Decade of Action. We must be the generation to end extreme poverty, win the race against climate change, and conquer injustice and gender inequality. We will hold leaders to account and point to what is possible when action delivers results.

Children playing near a public water tap, in front of cans waiting to get filled. ©Alex Joe

Ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

The Global Goals are in fact promises we have made to future generations. With less than 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver the 2030 promises. It involves governments, civil society, businesses, and citizens.

In September 2019, the UN Secretary-General called on everyone to mobilize for a decade of action on three levels: global action to secure greater leadership, more resources, and smarter solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals; local action embedding the needed transitions in the policies, budgets, institutions and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities; and people action, including youth, civil society, the media, the private sector, unions, academia, and other stakeholders, to generate an unstoppable movement pushing for the required transformations.

Overall, the unstoppable action to meet the Goals is not yet in place.

The Decade of Action calls for accelerating sustainable solutions to all the world’s biggest challenges, from poverty and gender to climate change, inequality, and closing the finance gap. It’s time to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The spirit of human endeavor has demonstrated our shared ability to deliver the extraordinary. The 2030 Agenda is our road map for the world we all want. The Global Goals are the best hope for people, the planet, for prosperity, for peace, and for partnerships.

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