The new sustainable development agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), drafted in 2000, which focused on reducing poverty, hunger, disease, gender inequality, and ensuring access to water and sanitation by 2015. The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals, and broader sustainability agenda, aim to complete what the MDGS didn’t achieve, and go much further, addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality and the universal need for development that works for all people.



UN Women welcomes the way gender equality has been integrated in the 2030 Agenda, which was endorsed by all UN Member States in August 2015. The agenda offers a real opportunity to drive lasting change for women’s rights and equality, and to bring transformative change in women’s and men’s lives.

Learn more about UN Women’s efforts to advance the SDGs focused on gender equality here.