Sustainable Development Goals

VCS and Gold Standard projects contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
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Gold Standard
projects are required to contribute to at least three Sustainable Development Goals

Verified Carbon Standard
projects contribute to the SDGs – some REDD+ projects contribute to up to 15 of the 17 SDGs

In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted, and is to be implemented by all Member States of the United Nations

It states in its preamble:

“eradicating poverty, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development”

“bold and transformative steps….are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path”

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The 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and their 169 targets are stimulating action in areas of critical importance for the planet and humanity

  • seek to realize the human rights of all
  • achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls
  • are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental

The SDGs “recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

17 Goals to Transform Our World

Goal 1

No Poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Goal 2

Zero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture


Goal 3

Good Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages


Goal 4

Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Goal 5

Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls


Goal 6

Clean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all


Goal 7

Affordable and Clean Energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Goal 8

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive, sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Goal 10

Reduced Inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

Goal 11

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Goal 12

Responsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Goal 13

Climate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Goal 14

Life Below Water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


Goal 15

Life on Land

Protect, restore, sustainably use land ecosystems, including forests, combat desertification, halt/ reverse degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Goal 16

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Promote peaceful, inclusive societies, access to justice for all and effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Goal 17

Partnerships for the Goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for SD

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