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United Nations – 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

Hand forest glass globe The top-level Sustainable Development Goals are defined by the United Nations through the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (“DSDG”) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (“UNDESA”) provides substantive support and capacity-building for the SDGs and their related thematic issues.

At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

List of the 17 SDGs

Goal 1End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

SDGs Posters and Icons

Note: There are restrictions on what you can use the posters and icons of the SDGs for, see below “Conditions”.

For internal education and communication, you can access:

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Conditions

Some relevant items from guideline on use of SDG logos:

  • When do I need to request permission to use the SDG logo/wheel/icons?
    Any use of SDG branding for fundraising and commercial use requires prior written permission.

  • Do commercial entities require approval to use the SDG branding for informational purposes?
    Permission is not required for uses that are primarily illustrative, such as in presentations, internal newsletters, non-financial or annual reports and other corporate materials to communicate organization’s SDG-related activities and support for the SDGs. SDG logos and icons must always be used in accordance with the UN’s SDG Guidelines which can be found here:  Link to Guidelines (PDF)

  • Can I use SDG logo/wheel/icons on business cards and stationery?
    The logo/icons/wheel may not be used in any manner which implies United Nations endorsement of the products, services or activities (e.g. in the context of promoting or advertising products or services) nor may they be used for the purpose of self-promotion or obtaining any personal financial gain.

  • How do I request permission to use the SDG logo/wheel/icons?
    To request permission, please submit a sample or mock-up illustrating how you intend to use the icons or logo, along with a brief description of the desired use to sdgpermissions@un.org, indicating SDG LOGO/ICON REQUEST in the subject line IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

  • Do I need permission to use SDG branding for conferences and seminars that are not free to attend?
    Permission is required to use SDG branding on all event related materials (invitations, fliers, banners, posters, etc.) where registration fees apply.

Comment / observation

The 17 SDGs are the top-level guidelines. Stakeholders require more and more information and reporting for ESG reporting. The requirements for reporting will only increase.

Actions

It is imperative that all market participants take their responsibility to contribute to the goals where possible. Every step counts, for example join local initiatives for waste management. For example, see the SDK label obtained by Phoenix in Luxembourg: Link to SDK blog.

At the same time all market participants should educate themselves with the SDGs to be able to answer queries from clients, regulators, investors etc.

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