United Nations Sustainable Development Goals


We can be the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change.

What are the SDGs?

The UN SDGs are a universal set of 17 goals and 169 targets adopted by UN member countries as a 15-year roadmap to solve some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Building upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired at the end of 2015, the SDGs aim to end poverty and hunger, increase access to education, address migration, combat climate change, and reduce inequality. Implementing this ambitious agenda will require support from all sectors.

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

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

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

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

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

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Reduce inequality within and among countries

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

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

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

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

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

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, by Design

As the World Design Organization, we are passionate about positioning design as an agent for positive change. We share a common vision of design’s ability to improve quality of life, and we recognize that the myriad challenges of 21st century living can no longer be ignored. As the voice of industrial design across 40 countries in all regions of the world, we have an opportunity to take action on the issues that matter at a global level. Through our international programming, we aim to promote more sustainable consumption and production and to advocate design-led innovation that will contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

As a designer, which SDGs do you care about?

Select the goal you wish to learn more about and it will bring you to a page with a list of associated targets.

Does your work already address one of the SDGs?

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The importance of design in international development

There is an increasing appreciation for the design process—its focus on the end users and the environment in which they live—as a critical tool for resolving some of life’s biggest challenges. Using the SDGs and their corresponding targets as impetus for action, designers are embracing the solution economy, providing a fresh and innovative perspective on the international development agenda.

Solution economy

using new technologies and innovative business models to solve old challenges

Our World Design Agenda

As the world body for industrial design, we seek to leverage our extensive network of like-minded designers from all regions around the world to position design as a catalyst for change, The goals are a framework against which we can align our work, set new objectives and report on our progress.

About the World Design Organization

The World Design Organization (WDO)™, formerly the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1957 to promote the profession of industrial design. WDO advocates industrial design driven innovation that creates a better world, engaging more than 140 member organizations in collaborative efforts and carrying out international programming—World Design Capital®, World Design Talks, World Design Impact Prize, World Industrial Design Day, and Interdesign. WDO has United Nations Special Consultative Status.