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.
Hover over the 17 Global Goals below to see how each target relates the Vital Signs framework and its indicators.