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Sustainable Development Goals Of the United Nations Development Program

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. The SDGs are an inclusive agenda. They tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. “Supporting the 2030 Agenda is a top priority for UNDP,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “The SDGs provide us with a common plan and agenda to tackle some of the pressing challenges facing our world such as poverty, climate change and conflict. UNDP has the experience and expertise to drive progress and help support countries on the path to sustainable development.”

For more information on the background of the SDGs, click here.

What is UNDP’s role?

The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue guide UNDP policy and funding for the next 15 years. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories.

Our strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. This work is already underway, as we support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.

Our track record working across multiple goals provides us with a valuable experience and proven policy expertise to ensure we all reach the targets set out in the SDGs by 2030. But we cannot do this alone.

Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.

For more resources related to the SDGs, click here.

Complete List and details of each of the 17 Goals

Garshasb Soroosh’s NASA Project: Terps in Space

Dr. Behram Pastakia, Chair of FEZANA’s Information Receiving & Disseminating committee informs Garshasb Soroosh, (see Fezana Journal – summer 2016 issue) is part of the Zarathushti Youth Without Borders Program and has  represented FEZANA at the United Nations at the High Level Meeting of the World Summit on the Inforamation Sociiety (WSIS+10) in December 2015 … Continue Reading

CSW Agrees on Approach for Gender-Responsive Implementation

Commission on the Status of Women Agrees on Approach for Gender-Responsive Implementation of Sustainable Development Agenda The Commission on the Status of Women, closing its sixtieth session, approved a robust set of Agreed Conclusions intended to pave the way for a gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agreed Conclusions highlight the… Continue Reading

NGO- CSW Nominations open for Woman of Distinction Award

The FEZANA UN NGO Committee informs: NGO- CSW – New York – Nominations open for the Woman of Distinction Award! NGO-CSW-NY is accepting nominations for the Woman of Distinction Award! Criteria for WoDA Nominees for 2015 •    Nominee must exhibit evidence-based leadership in her field of expertise. •     Nominee must be an advocate for positive… Continue Reading

Report: 65th Annual UN DPI NGO Conference

Below is a message and a link from the United Nations Department of Public Information. Dear NGO Colleagues, We are pleased to share with you the Final Report of the 65th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information/ Non-Governmental Organizations Conference. The report includes extracts from the different presentations, as well as the Outcome Document,… Continue Reading

United Nations Web TV

This September, don’t miss the 70th Session of the General Assembly debate, the Sustainable Development Goals Summit and Pope Francis’ visit to the UN + hundreds of other events that will be available live and on-demand via the following UN video/audio outlets: UN Web TV Live ( ) Watch UN Web TV Live and… Continue Reading

FEZANA represents a diverse and growing Zarathushti community in North America.

Guided by the blessings of AHURA MAZDA and the teachings of our Prophet Zarathushtra; the association was founded in 1987 It serves as the coordinating body for 27 Zoroastrian Associations in the United States and Canada.

The activities of FEZANA are conducted in a spirit of mutual respect, co-operation and unity amongst all Member associations, and with due regard for the principles of GOODNESS, TRUTH, REASON, BENEVOLENCE, IMPLICIT TRUST and CHARITY towards all Mankind.

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