Norvergence- Battling climate change needs action. And that action requires a definitive roadmap to achieve success. Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs define 17 mutually inter-related activities to drive the 5Ps 一 people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. 

SDGs will lay a framework for countries to devise policies, programs, and projects that provide a foundation for development. 

This article read about the significance of SDGs in defining the way forwards for countries. 

Sustainable Development Goals – Shaping humanity’s future.

SDGs have been developed based on extensive research panning over 3 years. The set board goals and let countries prioritize, considering their long term objectives. This helps countries to be realistic and approach development with pragmatism 

The SDGs were first listed in the United Nations General Assembly or UN-GA in 2015. Broader in their outlook, they were made actionable by 2017.

List of SDGs 

The 17 SDGs are listed hereunder: 

  1. Eliminate Poverty
  2. No Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-being
  4. Quality Education for everyone 
  5. Gender Equality everywhere. 
  6. Clean drinking Water and Sanitation for all. 
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy to accelerate development. 
  8. Decent Work opportunities and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure development. 
  10. Reducing Inequality throughout the world. 
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Action to reverse Climate change.
  14. Life Below Water
  15. Life On Land
  16. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the implementation of the Goals.

Targets within each goal:

Each goal is inclusive of 4 to 5 targets on an average. The total number of targets amounts to 147. 

Climate change and SDGs

Climate change is impacted by these goals and impacts the achievement of the same. 

Climate change will impact developing nations even more. They lack resources to tackle environmental changes and rely heavily on the biological ecosystem for all essentials. 

For instance, coastal regions rely heavily on the ocean for their basic needs. Climate change will also impact the ocean and the biological ecosystem that is interconnected with it. 


The Sustainable Development Goals lays down a path for developing regions of the world. 

Climate change will impact SDGs and make it difficult for their achievement. 

The UN and the developed countries can work together to understand the interrelated objectives of both. There is hope, and action is being taken. During the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, all Member States vowed to protect the planet from degradation and take urgent action on climate change, making SDGs an achievable goal.