The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the Global Goals are a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. RIVM supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The 17 goals were build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals. They include new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The SDGs are unique in their call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Furthermore, the goals are interconnected, as the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. The goals are a UN initiative adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit.
Many of the global goals for sustainable development are directly linked to our fields of expertise. RIVM is committed to health and sustainability. Watch this short film for a snapshot of RIVM's work on the SDGs.