Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, United Nations (UN) member countries adopted a set of universal goals with the intention of shifting the world toward a more sustainable and resilient path by the year 2030. The new sustainable development agenda identifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which target economic, social, and environmental development. The goals intend to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that no one is left behind.

The new SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with specific targets for all countries to work toward over the next 15 years.

The work of community foundations already connects to many of the 17 SDGs. As part of an international philanthropic movement, community foundations have an opportunity to further leverage our knowledge, partners and activities such as Vital Signs in common purpose with others — connecting our efforts locally to a broader vision to improve the world around us.

We have highlighted the 17 Global Goals below to  show how each target relates the Vital Signs framework and its indicators.

Connection to Vital Signs

The Global Goals recognize that ending poverty and ensuring global prosperity must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build sustainable communities. To reach these goals, community foundations, and philanthropy more broadly, have an important role to play alongside government, civil society and the private sector.

Through Vital Signs and other philanthropic initiatives, we have an opportunity to connect what’s happening in our communities to a global agenda for action. The grassroots approach of Vital Signs to collect data, spark conversation and inspire civic engagement offers a unique tool to benchmark the progress of well-being in our communities against a set of global targets.

By aligning our Vital Signs data and stories with the Sustainable Development Goal’s, we are connecting the local to the global to measure change and impact at all scales.

Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
no poverty
No Poverty
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  • Overall poverty rate
  • Child poverty rate
  • Elderly poverty rate
  • Proportion of economic families by income bracket
  • Food bank use
  • Unemployment rate of immigrants

no poverty
Zero Hunger
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  • Food bank use
  • Poor nutrition

no poverty
Good Health and Well-Being
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  • Food bank use
  • Smoking rate
  • Self-rated mental health
  • Proportion of the population without a regular doctor
  • Perceived life stress, quite a lot
  • Heavy drinking
  • Poor nutrition
  • Life expectancy
  • Air quality

no poverty
Quality Education
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  • High school incompletion rate
  • Indigenous high school completion rate
  • Post-secondary education completion rate
  • Average cost of undergraduate tuition
  • Local university enrolment

no poverty
Gender Equality
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  • Sexual assault rate
  • Emergency shelters and beds
  • Median wages by sex and age

Clean Water and Sanitation
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  • Average annual precipitation

affordable engergy
Affordable and Clean Energy
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  • Air quality

Decent Work and Economic Growth
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  • Economic families by income bracket
  • Post-secondary educational completion rate
  • Average cost of university undergraduate tuition
  • Local university enrolment
  • Unemployment rate of immigrants
  • Immigrant income
  • Employment
  • Unemployment and youth unemployment
  • Median wages by sex and age
  • Gross domestic product

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
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  • Gross domestic product

Reduced Inequalities
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  • Economic families by income bracket
  • Net migration
  • Unemployment rate of immigrants
  • Immigrant income

Sustainable Cities and Communitites
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  • Gross shelter to income ratio
  • Proportion of dwelling units requiring major repair
  • Rental vacancy rate (single figure)
  • Housing affordability index
  • Emergency shelters and beds
  • Government spending on recreation and culture
  • Local government spending on transportation
  • Average commuting time and median commuting distance
  • Modes of transport to work (bike, walking, public transit, car)

Responsible Consumption and Production
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  • Air quality

Climate Action
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  • Local government spending on transportation
  • Mean, mean maximum, and minimum temperature

Life Below Water
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  • Mean, mean maximum, and minimum temperature

Life on Land
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  • Mean, mean maximum, and minimum temperature
  • Air quality

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
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  • Violent crime rate
  • Crime severity
  • Sexual assault rate
  • Emergency shelters and beds
  • Government spending on recreation and culture
  • Voter turnout

Partnerships for the Goals
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  • There are no issue areas or indicators closely aligned with this goal, which is focused on partnerships between various levels of government within a country or partnerships between federal governments in support of the SDGs.

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