Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals, are the successors of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They were agreed in 2015 by all Member States of the UN as a way to achieve sustainable development by 2030.
Health and well-being for all at all ages is a goal in itself (Goal 3), but also affects and contributes to all other goals. In addition, pursuing other goals can directly and indirectly benefit human health and well-being.

The Goals, underpinned by 169 targets, are part of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which addresses all countries and focuses on improving equity for all people, leaving no one behind. The Agenda entered into force on 1 January 2016.

In the European Region, Health 2020 provides a stepping stone towards achieving the SDGs and leaving no one behind, as it incorporates approaches and priorities common to the 2030 Agenda.