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SDG Action was launched in 2021 by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to support the UN’s Decade of Action. Its aim is to encourage cross-sector dialogue and problem solving to accelerate the transition to sustainability.

Stimulating innovation for net zero


New technologies will play a vital role in achieving net zero. Getting them on stream and in widespread use fast enough to prevent climate catastrophe calls for bold and urgent action to unblock essential investment

In the balance

Humanity’s failure to learn and adapt from repeated crises does not bode well for the bold, transformational changes that must happen urgently if we’re to achieve the world promised by the SDGs. There will be no second chance

Fred Carver

Towards a women-centered push for Agenda 2030

If progress on empowering women and girls was already far too slow, COVID and the war in Ukraine have made entrenched gender inequalities even worse. We must urgently ramp up our support for women and girls across all spheres of development, or the SDGs are doomed to fail

Sima Bahous
  1. Masks off, gloves off

    Oil and gas companies turn record profits, while their fossil-fuelled emissions rapidly accelerate climate change. Tackling the problem means challenging these powerful economic interests and the political access it affords them

    Pascoe Sabido
  2. Education is the enabler for sustainable development

    Education is key to achieving the entire Agenda 2030. With just eight years to go, 2022 will be critical for revitalizing national and global efforts to transform education, so that all people have the skills and knowledge to coexist in harmony with our planet

    Patrick Paul Walsh

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  3. Reversing the destructive forces of inequality

    COVID has exacerbated already deep inequalities between rich and poor.
    If left unchecked, the forces creating inequality will become even more
    destructive as the climate crisis starts to bite, threatening all of Agenda 2030. The world must urgently redouble efforts to reverse these trends

    Alainna Lynch
  4. Developing a humane response to displaced people

    Climate change, the threat of famine, and conflicts are driving more people than ever from their homelands. While the international community’s response to the Ukraine refugee crisis has been notable for its scale, solidarity, and humanity, there is still much work to do to ensure a fair and humane asylum system for all

    Harlem Désir

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Action to stop anthropogenic damage

There is finally a sense of urgency to act on anthropogenic damage to the environment. Earlier this year, the UN Environment Assembly delivered a resolution for a binding global agreement to end plastic pollution. Later this month, the UN will be holding a high-level thematic debate ‘Moment for Nature’, which focuses on the Paris Agreement and the environmental dimensions of the SDGs. The debate is intended to create greater cohesion in global efforts and to push a more ambitious timescale.

  • We need an ambitious global plan to reverse nature loss

    In 2022 we should aspire to a Paris-style agreement on restoring biodiversity. Ambition alone, articulated in several published pledges, is not enough: governments must now commit to a strengthened Global Biodiversity Framework that compels them to take meaningful action

    Marco Lambertini
  • Cleaning up the air

    Air pollution is killing an estimated seven million people per year, causing environmental damage and climate change. Taking bold action now on black carbon, methane, and other short-lived pollutants, using existing, affordable technologies, can help us achieve 1.5°C and improve well-being for all

    Martina Otto

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