This page highlights activities related to sustainability throughout the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted at the United Nations in 2015. The SDGs include 17 goals, targets, and indicators covering a broad array of sustainable development issues, ranging from eradicating poverty and making cities more sustainable to addressing climate change.
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This page is brought to you by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Science and Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program. The objective of this program is to harness the power of science, engineering and medicine to meet sustainability challenges from local to global scales. To achieve this, the STS program works to elevate the impact and visibility of the National Academies' efforts and actions.
Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality
The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication
Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development
Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development
Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity
Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs
Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development
To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.
There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.
Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere
Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future
Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
Access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels
Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.