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Decade of ACTION – ten years to transform our world

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-our shared vision to end poverty, save the planet and build a peaceful world-are gaining traction around the world. With only 10 years to go, an ambitious global effort is underway to deliver on the 2030 promise by mobilizing more governments, civil society and businesses to call on all people to take ownership of the 17 SDGs.

Today, progress is being made in many places, but overall, measures to meet the targets are not yet progressing at the required pace or scale. 2020 should usher in a decade of ambitious action to meet the targets around 2030.

The decade of action calls for faster sustainable solutions to all the world’s great challenges – from poverty to climate change and, of course, draconian inequality and closing the financing gap.

In September 2019, the UN Secretary-General called on all sectors of society to commit to a decade of action on four levels:

  • Global action for greater leadership;
  • More resources and smarter solutions to the 17 SDGs;
  • Local action to embed the required transitions in the policies, budgets, institutions, and regulatory frameworks of governments, cities, and local authorities;
  • People’s action, including by young people, civil society, the media, the private sector, trade unions, academia and other stakeholders, to start an unstoppable movement to push for the required transformations.

On January 22, 2020, the Secretary-General outlined his priorities for the year:

Geopolitical tensions, the climate crisis, global mistrust, and the downsides of technology, can threaten every aspect of our common future. We must address these four challenges of the 21st century with four vital solutions for the world of tomorrow.


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