Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

DEFINITION: A UN document which features 17 sustainability goals and 169 smaller targets, including pledges to protect the world’s oceans, improve water management and the energy system, and take urgent action on climate change. The overarching aim of the document is to 'end poverty'. Delegates from 194 member states adopted the agreement in September 2015.

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