17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 by all United Nations member countries.
They came after the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose purpose was to unite and re-mobilize the international community in the fight against poverty.
Where the MDGs focused on the human development challenges of poor countries, the SDGs expand the scope of the issues, and they now concern all countries. Their suitability for our current multipolar and interdependent world is strong. The SDGs set an ambitious international development agenda for 2030 in the following areas: poverty, nutrition, health, education, gender, water and sanitation, energy, economic growth and employment, infrastructure and industry, inequality, cities, responsible consumption and production, climate, marine and terrestrial biodiversity, peace, and governance. The subject of the 17th SDG is partnerships and ways to implement the Agenda.
These 17 SDGs are divided into 169 targets and measured by 230 indicators.
The SDGs cover a large number of subjects, and they potentially concern all FERDI’s programs and projects. Instead of considering them individually, FERDI's program for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focuses on cross-country issues, such as the production of indicators, comparative statistical analyses between countries and groups of countries, and monitoring the implementation and results (?) of the SDGs.
Since 2013, FERDI has been contributing to the debates on the development and adoption of the SDGs and their indicators, through publications and active participation in events.
The SDGs provide a framework for analysis of development polices which FERDI uses to continue to conduct an independent evaluation of development policies, including publications related to the monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs.