Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, United Nations (UN) member countries adopted a set of universal goals with the intention of shifting the world toward a more sustainable and resilient path by the year 2030. The new sustainable development agenda identifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which target economic, social, and environmental development. The goals intend to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that no one is left behind.

The new SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with specific targets for all countries to work toward over the next 15 years.

The work of community foundations already connects to many of the 17 SDGs. As part of an international philanthropic movement, community foundations have an opportunity to further leverage our knowledge, partners and activities such as Vital Signs in common purpose with others – connecting our efforts locally to a broader vision to improve the world around us.

Hover over the 17 Global Goals below to see how each target relates the Vital Signs framework and its indicators.

Connection to Vital Signs

The Global Goals recognize that ending poverty and ensuring global prosperity must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build sustainable communities. To reach these goals, community foundations, and philanthropy more broadly, have an important role to play alongside government, civil society and the private sector.

Through Vital Signs and other philanthropic initiatives, we have an opportunity to connect what’s happening in our communities to a global agenda for action. The grassroots approach of Vital Signs to collect data, spark conversation and inspire civic engagement offers a unique tool to benchmark the progress of well-being in our communities against a set of global targets.

By aligning our Vital Signs data and stories with the Sustainable Development Goal’s, we are connecting the local to the global to measure change and impact at all scales.
Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust