The importance of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

June 8, 2019

Dr Stephen Scoffham from Canterbury Christ Church University explains why the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are so aligned with Green Party policies.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or Global Goals) are a common plan to address some of the most pressing problems facing the world today. They were agreed in 2015 after years of negotiation and have been endorsed by every country in the world.

There are 17 interconnected goals, each supported by specific targets, aimed at protecting the planet and ensuring global peace and prosperity. Some of the goals relate to environmental issues such as climate change, some are to do with social welfare (eg. poverty and gender equality) and others focus on economic development. The final goal (building partnerships) has particular significance as it suggests how the goals can be implemented and delivered.

The goals are entirely voluntary and everyone is responsible for making them happen. This means they apply equally to governments, businesses, schools, community groups and individuals.

It is important to remember that the goals are not party political – the well-being of the planet matters equally to us all. However, the Green Party is pre-eminent in its focus on environmental issues and Green Party policies recognise the extreme environmental urgency that now confronts us. To learn more about the goals go to