Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The 17 United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed in 2015 by all Member States of the UN as a way to achieve sustainable development by 2030. Also known as Global Goals, they succeed and expand the scope of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Health and well-being for all at all ages is a goal in itself (Goal 3), and also affects and contributes to other goals. In addition, pursuing other goals can directly and indirectly benefit health and well-being.

The SDGs, 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.

A global context for Health 2020 implementation

Health 2020, the WHO health policy framework for the European Region, incorporates approaches and priorities common to the 2030 Agenda and provides a stepping stone towards achieving the SDGs in the Region. The implementation of Health 2020 therefore supports the 2030 Agenda.