The UN Resolution UN A/Res/70/L1 "Transforming our World: the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development", adopted in September 2015, outlined an ambitious vision for a new era of global development starting in 2016. The Agenda, the universal plan of action for people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership, serves as a call to action for all countries and stakeholders to form collaborative partnerships in order to address the most important social, economic, environmental, and governance challenges of our time.

The Sustainable Development Goals


More about the SDGs

From MDGs to SDGs

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals were 8 goals that all 189 UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve by the year 2015, and were derived from the United Nations Millennium Declaration, signed in September 2000. In the fifteen years following their implementation, great progress was achieved, particularly in terms out health related goals. The eight MDGs were revolutionary, in that they provided a common language to inspire global commitment to development. In the Region of the Americas, many countries reached or surpassed goals to reduce child mortality, control infectious diseases, reduce poverty and increase access to improved water, sanitation, education and infrastructure. 

The MDGs have been superseded by the Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 integrated and indivisible goals that build on the achievements of the MDGs but are broader, deeper and far more ambitious in scope. The shift from the Millennium Development Agenda to the Sustainable Development Agenda highlights the ability of global agendas to rouse global efforts

PAHO's Scientific and Technical contribution to the Sustainable Development Goal - Health

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