A series of global development goals (also known as ‘global goals‘ and ‘sustainable development goals’) were established by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 as a global call to action with the aim of protecting the environment, ending poverty, and enabling all people to live in peace and prosperity by 2030.

There were 17 individual goals identified but these are integrated into implementation since any change in one goal affects the outcomes in others. At their core, they assert that future development must balance economic, social, and environmental factors so that they are sustainable. Member countries of the UN have pledged to prioritize progress in these goals in countries that currently suffer from the worst conditions such as hunger, poverty, and sexual discrimination. It is accepted that a global effort to harness creativity, technology, and financial resources will be required from all areas of society to see these goals implemented successfully.