The Sustainable Development Goals in Plain Language

There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets. II commits to making this information available in plain language. As a starting point we have worked with Change and the International Disability Alliance to draft the SDGs in plain language.

Goal 1

Stop poverty around the world. Poverty doesn’t just mean being poor, it can mean not having other things you need to live a good life.
(End poverty in all its forms everywhere)

Goal 2

Stop people going hungry, make sure everyone can get the good, healthy food they need and use ways of growing food that will work into the future.
(End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture)

Goal 3

Make sure people are healthy and making healthy decisions all through their lives.
(Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages)

Goal 4

Make sure everybody has equal opportunities and access to inclusive education all through their lives.
(Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all)

Goal 5

Empower women and girls and make things equal for them.
(Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls)

Goal 6

Make sure everyone has access to clean water and clean ways of getting rid of waste.
(Ensure availability & sustainable management of water & sanitation for all)

Goal 7

Make sure people have access to energy or power, like electricity and gas, and make sure the systems that make this energy are modern and sustainable. This might mean energy from new sources such as the wind or sun.
(Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable & modern energy for all)

Goal 8

Make sure everyone has access to employment opportunities, and make sure they have jobs that last. This will help make the economy stronger.
(Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all)

Goal 9

Build good systems for the modern world, use new ideas and make sure cities are ready for the future.
(Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation)

Goal 10

Make the differences between rich people and poor people smaller. This means for people living in the same country, and for people from different countries.
(Reduce inequality within and among countries)

Goal 11

Make cities and other places people live safer, more inclusive and ready for the future.
(Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable)

Goal 12

Make sure people and countries around the world don’t have more than their fair share of important goods, like food and energy, so that there is enough for everybody.
(Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns)

Goal 13

Take action to stop climate change and its impacts from getting worse
(Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts)

Goal 14

Look after the oceans and seas better. We get many important things from them and we need to make sure we have them in the future.
(Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development)

Goal 15

Protect and look after the land on earth, including special places like forests and deserts. We need people to respect the land and everything it gives us so that we have what we need in the future.
(Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss)

Goal 16

Promote peace, justice and equality of people in different societies all around the world.
(Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels)

Goal 17

Stand strong together and find better ways of working together to make sure all of these goals for sustainable development into the future can happen.
(Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development)