“Nobody should be left behind.” This promise shapes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that all UN member states want to achieve between 2016 and 2030.

A total of 17 goals and 169 targets were set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are the result of a multi-year advisory process in which, at the invitation of the United Nations, more than one million citizens, organizations, government agencies and experts have participated.

This UN basic information describes the long way to the decision on the goals for sustainable development and explains the uniqueness and innovation in contrast to previous approaches and goals. Questions about how the implementation and the achievement of the goals can be checked and which role Germany plays are answered. All 17 goals for sustainable development are briefly presented and an outlook explains which successes have already been achieved or which hurdles still have to be overcome.