United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs

The new agenda is guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Human Rights Treaties, the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome. It is informed by other instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development.

In this regard, sustainable development recognizes that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, combating inequality within and among countries, preserving the planet, creating sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and fostering social inclusion are linked to each other and are interdependent.

Almost 15 years ago, the Millennium Development Goals were agreed. These provided an important framework for development and significant progress has been made in a number of areas in different countries. But the progress has been uneven. Therefore, a window of opportunities emerged to complete what they did not achieve, particularly in reaching the most vulnerable.

People who are vulnerable must be empowered. Those whose needs are reflected in the agenda include all children, youth, persons with disabilities, older persons, indigenous peoples, refugees and internally displaced persons and migrants.

In this context, the new agenda is setting the path towards sustainable development, devoting ourselves collectively to the pursuit of global development and of "win-win" cooperation which can bring huge gains to all countries and all parts of the world.

Sustainable development cannot be realized without peace and security; and peace and security will be at risk without sustainable development. The new agenda recognizes the need to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies that provide equal access to justice and that are based on respect for human rights, including the right to development and the right to peace, on effective rule of law and good governance at all levels and on transparent, effective and accountable institutions.

In this regard, we at the Global Governance for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (GG-UNSDGs), pledge to foster intercultural understanding, tolerance, mutual respect and an ethic of global citizenship and shared responsibility. We acknowledge the natural and cultural diversity of the world and recognize that all cultures and civilizations can contribute to, and are crucial enablers of, sustainable development.