UN Day: taking action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals


Each year on 24 October, the world marks UN Day to commemorate the anniversary of the day the United Nations officially came into being. This year’s observance of UN Day occurs at a time when humanity has entered the era of sustainability, with a global commitment to fulfil the great promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are part of this comprehensive agenda for the next 15 years. They integrate all 3 dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) around the themes of people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Health and well-being for all, at all ages, is a central focus of the SDGs. Without health many of the Goals will not be reached; at the same time, health benefits from progress towards the other SDGs.

These 17 Global Goals are important, world-changing objectives that require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders – but they can only be achieved if everyone plays their part. This year, UN Day highlights concrete actions that people everywhere can take to help achieve the SDGs. Such actions include everything from buying less and reusing more to vaccinating yourself and your family, cycling or walking to work, and planting a tree.  

Visit the gallery of photos from WHO/Europe’s Global Goals photo booth for inspiration and to see how others have pledged to support the SDGs by taking action in their everyday lives.