World leaders adopt UN Sustainable Development Goals to eradicate poverty by 2030

September 25, 2015

193 heads of state today agreed to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, promote peace, fight climate change and ensure gender equality and education.

The 2030 Sustainable Development Goals are expected to be used by UN member states to develop policies over the next 15 years to end poverty and improve the lives of the world’s poor.

The 2030 Goals follow the Millennium Development Goals that were agreed in 2000 and will expire at the end of this year.

Sustainable Development Goals

Please click on the link for a summary of the 17 SDGs 

The SDGs agreed on 25 September 2015, build upon the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in 2000 and converge with the UN’s post 2015 development agenda:

Critically, there are two victories for people affected by leprosy in the Goals adopted this week: the focus on disabilities and the focus on NTDs.

The focus on disabilities: The 2030 SDGs heralded a fundamental shift in promoting, protecting and fulfilling human rights for all and significantly, people with disabilities are integrated into these goals. This is particularly meaningful as the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) excluded people with disabilities.

The focus on NTDs: The other major achievement is target 3.3 within Goal 3, that specifically mentions NTDs, which is a huge win for the NTD community.

Within the 17 Goals there are numerous other areas that relate the work of ILEP’s Members including access to healthcare, preventing discrimination laws, promoting equality for women and children etc.  

Other Goals relevant to ILEP’s Members:

Goal 3: Good Health & Well Being


3.3 By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases.


3.8 Achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.


Goal 4: Quality Education


4.5 By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.


4.a Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.


Goal 5: Gender Equality


5.1 End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere.


5.c Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels.


Goal 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

10.2 By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.


Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities


11.2 By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.


11.7 By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities.


Goal 16: Peace, justice and Strong Institution’s

16.2 End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.


16.b Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.


Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts.


“While we celebrate these victories, the work does not end here” said Tanya Wood, ILEP’s Chief Executive Officer. “What gets measured gets done! The emphasis now has to be on ensuring the appropriate indicators are added to the SDG framework.”

The indicator discussion is now with the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), a 28-member group formed by the UN Statistical Commission in March.  The IAEG-SDGs is currently reviewing inputs received during is open consultation with all countries, regional and international agencies, civil society, academia and the private sector. These inputs will inform the discussion at a second meeting of the IAEG-SDGs, to be held in Bangkok from 26-28 October 2015. A revised list of indicators resulting from this comprehensive consultation is expected any day now.