Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015 to guide the work of the United Nations for the next 15 years.

The 2030 Agenda places people at its core and aims to achieve a rights-based sustainable development under a renewed global partnership, in which all countries participate at an equal footing. The SDGs aim to meet the dual challenge of overcoming poverty and protecting the planet. They highlight a comprehensive vision of sustainable development that embraces economic, social and environmental dimensions.

The Minamata Convention on Mercury, as a Multilateral Environmental Agreement with the aim to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, is compliant with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development acknowledging States’ respective circumstances and capabilities and the need for global action.

Below are the goals and specific targets in which the different articles and paragraphs of the Convention address the need to act for the compliance of the SDGs.

Goal 2. Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Goal 3. Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Goal 5. Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Goal 6. Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Goal 8. Decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Goal 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12. Responsible consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 14. Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Goal 15. Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16. Peace, justice and strong institution

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17. Partnership for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development