The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted at the United Nations in September 2015. The SDGs follow, and expand on, the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were agreed on by governments in 2000 and expired at the end of 2015. The SDGs seek to change the course of the 21st century, addressing key challenges such as poverty, inequality and violence against women. These goals will guide world leaders and the global community as we work together to realize the human rights of all people, eradicate poverty, and protect our planet for future generations.
Each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is integral to Sustainable Development; however, Zonta International’s primary focus is on Goal No. 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.