In 2015, the world agreed a new set of global goals to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve sustainable development. Building on the Millennium Development Goals, they are known as the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. But how did these goals
come about, what are they, and how can civil society get involved in their realisation? This short booklet gives an overview of the SDGs and suggests some actions for coming years.
The SDGs reflect an opportunity for us to come together to advocate for positive change built on the values of solidarity, human dignity, care for creation, and inclusive participation. Actions to achieve these global goals should always have those furthest behind – the poorest and most marginalised people – at their heart, so that no goal or target is considered met unless met for all people, whoever and wherever they are.