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In September 2015, the United Nations adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the year 2030, setting an ambition for a safe and sustainable future for everyone, and especially for the less privileged passengers aboard ‘Spaceship Earth’.

The 17 goals provide a global framework for action. Governments, organizations and individuals everywhere are indeed starting to act. But even as the positive momentum builds, it is wise to take stock and consider what it will take to fulfil the goals. Are they achievable? Everywhere? What is the scale of the challenge? How can business take action? These are questions we have set out to answer in our forecast.

To road-test our forecast, we used it to assess the likelihood of humanity achieving each of the 17 SDGs by 2030. The report doesn't just focus on our forecast for reaching the SDGs; it also dives into private sector solutions for attaining them. For each SDG, we highlight a company pioneering progress towards the goals.

We added this ‘solutions’ element in dialogue with the UN Global Compact, an initiative encouraging businesses worldwide to contribute towards a sustainable future by adopting sustainable and socially responsible policies. 

You can explore our forecast further and the prognosis for each of the goals below. Want to know more? Download the report here, read it online or watch the launch video here.

Global Goals and companies
Each of these companies is at the frontier of progress towards the SDGs. Click to enlarge.
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Key conclusions

How does the 2030 forecast work, and what are its main findings?

1. No poverty

SDG 1 - No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

2. Zero hunger

SDG 2 - Zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

3. Good health and well-being

SDG 3 - Good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

4. Quality Education

SDG 4 - Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

5. Gender equality

SDG 5 - Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

6. Clean water and sanitation

SDG 6 - Clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

7. Affordable and clean energy

SDG 7 - Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all

8. Decent work and economic growth

SDG 8 - Decent work and economic growth

Sustained, inclusive & sustainable economic growth, full & productive employment and decent work

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

SDG 9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Resilient infrastructure, inclusive and sustainable industrialization and innovation

10. Reduced inequalities

SDG 10 - Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. Sustainable cities and communities

SDG 11 - Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

12. Responsible consumption and production

SDG 12 - Responsible consumption & production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. Climate action

SDG 13 - Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14. Life below water

SDG 14 - Life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. Life on land

SDG 15 - Life on land

Sustainable use of terrestrial ecosytems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, reverse land degredation and halt biodiversity loss

16. Peace and justice

SDG 16 - Peace and justice

Peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, access to justice and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions

17. Partnerships for the goals

SDG 17 - Partnerships for the goals

SDG17 is divided into 17 targets, covering areas such as technology, trade, policy, and partnerships

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