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The UN Family in Vienna and the SDGs

See what the United Nations family in Vienna is doing to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Eight billion people; one humanity. - Op-Ed by António Guterres

    Eight billion people; one humanity. - Op-Ed by António Guterres


    The world’s population will reach 8 billion in the middle of November – a testament to scientific breakthroughs and improvements in nutrition, public health and sanitation. But as our human family grows larger, it is also growing more divided.

  • Our Common Agenda

    Our Common Agenda


    Our Common Agenda is an agenda of action, designed to strengthen and accelerate multilateral agreements – particularly the 2030 Agenda – and make a tangible difference in people’s lives.

  • SDG Goal 14 - Life below water

    SDG Goal 14 - Life below water


    The Ocean Conference, the first United Nations conference on this issue, presents a unique and invaluable opportunity for the world to reverse the precipitous decline of the health of the oceans and seas with concrete solutions.

  • Lazy person’s guide to saving the world

    Lazy person’s guide to saving the world


    End extreme poverty. Fight inequality and injustice. Fix climate change. Whoa. The Sustainable Development Goals are important, world-changing objectives that will require cooperation among governments, international organizations and world leaders. It seems impossible that the average person can make an impact. Should you just give up? No!

  • The World's Largest Lesson

    The World's Largest Lesson


    World’s Largest Lesson promotes use of the Sustainable Development Goals in learning so that children can contribute to a better future for all.

  • The making of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    © UN Photo/Cia Pak

    The making of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


    More than two years of intensive public consultation and engagement with civil society and other stakeholders around the world, which paid particular attention to the voices of the poorest and most vulnerable, led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

  • Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
    © UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

    Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)


    According to the findings of the 2015 Millennium Development Goals Report, the MDGs were the most successful anti-poverty movement in history, at the time. 

  • Landlocked developing countries

    Landlocked developing countries


    Around half a billion people are living in landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), where trading their products and goods is more costly than in those countries with direct access to ports and the sea. They often have poor roads and infrastructure.