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What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. The SDGs provide us with a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing our world such as poverty, climate change and conflict. The UN has the experience and expertise to drive progress and help support countries on the path to sustainable development.

SDG in Kuwait

There is wide national awareness and support of the UN’s normative role. The government embraced the MDGs and was very active in their promotion and achievement. HH the Amir addressed the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015 and endorsed Agenda 2030 in its entirety. In 2016 the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of State for Planning and Development, HE Mrs. Hind Subeah Al-Subeah, has reaffirmed Kuwait’s support to the SDGs, including the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. 


The UN has supported the government in the ongoing process of SDG nationalisation and identifying the priority SDGs for UN support and for the first voluntary national report presented the SDG High Level political Forum July 2019. The UNCT members continue to build awareness of key stakeholders and the public at large on Agenda 2030. Initiatives have already been carried out with regards to SDG 5, SDG 8, SDG 17 the human rights foundation of Agenda 2030, environmental mainstreaming through Agenda 2030, the role of the private sector to support SDG implementation, and national partnerships. 

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