Sustainable Development Goals
At Nordic Waves Group, we work with the UN's 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (the SDGs) at the heart of our organization. They work for a common goal of peace and prosperity for humans and the planet.
The World Goals were adopted in 2015 by all UN member states. They express an urgent call for action in all countries - developed and developing - in a united global partnership.
The 17 Global Goals have a total of 169 sub-goals, all of which aim to create social, economic and environmental sustainability. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.
End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 1 calls for an end to poverty in all its manifestations, including extreme poverty. All people everywhere, including the poorest and most vulnerable, should enjoy a basic standard of living and social protection benefits.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 2 seeks to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition and to achieve sustainable food production. Everyone should have access to sufficient nutritious food, which will require widespread promotion of sustainable agriculture, a doubling of agricultural productivity, increased investments and properly functioning food markets.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being
Goal 3 aims to ensure health and well-being for all at all ages by improving reproductive, maternal, and child health; ending the epidemics of major communicable diseases; reducing non-communicable and environmental diseases; achieving universal health coverage; and ensuring access to safe, affordable, and effective medicines and vaccines for all.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 4 focuses on the acquisition of foundational and higher-order skills; greater and more equitable access to technical and vocational education and training and higher education; training throughout life; and the knowledge, skills, and values needed to function well and contribute to society.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 5 aims to empower women and girls to reach their full potential, which requires eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against them, including harmful practices. It seeks to ensure that they have every opportunity for sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights; receive due recognition for their unpaid work; have full access to productive resources; and enjoy equal participation with men in political, economic, and public life.
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 6 goes beyond drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene to also address the quality and sustainability of water resources. Achieving this Goal, which is critical to the survival of people and the planet, means expanding international cooperation and garnering the support of local communities in improving water and sanitation management.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
Goal 7 seeks to promote broader energy access and increased use of renewable energy, including through enhanced international cooperation and expanded infrastructure and technology for clean energy.
Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, and decent work for all
Continued, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth is a prerequisite for global prosperity. Goal 8 aims to provide opportunities for full and productive employment and decent work for all while eradicating forced labor, human trafficking, and child labor.
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation
Goal 9 focuses on the promotion of infrastructure development, industrialization, and innovation. This can be accomplished through enhanced international and domestic financial, technological and technical support, research and innovation, and increased access to information and communication technology.
Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 10 calls for reducing inequalities in income, as well as those based on sex, age, disability, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and opportunity—both within and among countries. It also aims to ensure safe, orderly, and regular migration and addresses issues related to the representation of developing countries in global decision-making and development assistance.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
Goal 11 aims to renew and plan cities and other human settlements in a way that fosters community cohesion and personal security while stimulating innovation and employment.
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 12 aims to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns through measures such as specific policies and international agreements on the management of materials that are toxic to the environment.
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Climate change presents the single biggest threat to development, and its widespread, unprecedented effects disproportionately burden the poorest and the most vulnerable. Urgent action is needed not only to combat climate change and its impacts, but also to build resilience in responding to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
This Goal seeks to promote the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems, prevent marine pollution, and increase the economic benefits to small island developing States and LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources.
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems
Goal 15 focuses on managing forests sustainably, restoring degraded lands, and successfully combating desertification, reducing degraded natural habitats, and ending biodiversity loss. All of these efforts in combination will help ensure that livelihoods are preserved for those that depend directly on forests and other ecosystems, that biodiversity will thrive, and that the benefits of these natural resources will be enjoyed for generations to come.
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development
Goal 16 envisages peaceful and inclusive societies based on respect for human rights, the rule of law, good governance at all levels, and transparent, effective, and accountable institutions. Many countries still face protracted violence and armed conflict, and far too many people are poorly supported by weak institutions and lack access to justice, information, and other fundamental freedoms.
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
The 2030 Agenda requires a revitalized and enhanced global partnership that mobilizes all available resources from Governments, civil society, the private sector, the United Nations system, and other actors. Increasing support to developing countries, in particular landlocked developing countries, and small island developing States is fundamental to equitable progress for all.