What are the SDGs?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that the United Nations member states have adopted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from September 25-27, 2015, on the 70th anniversary of the UN. It is part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, seeking to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom. All member countries and stakeholders are part of a collaborative partnership to implement the plan.

There are a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals, with 169 targets. It builds on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which  has the end target date of December 31, 2015. The SDGs will seek to complete what the MDGs have yet to achieve. The SDGs prompt action from all countries and stakeholders over the next fifteen years in the areas of people, planet, and prosperity.

Focusing Our Volunteer Efforts on the World’s Most Pressing Problems: The Sustainable Development Goals

At the European Conference on Corporate Volunteering, Richard Dictus (Executive Coordinator, UNV) led off the conference with his opening plenary presentation on the importance of corporate volunteering to achieve the SDGs.

17 Sustainable Development Goals

Click on the icons to learn more about each of the goals.


Ensuring Volunteering Is Seen As A Strategic Resource To Achieve The Sustainable Development Goals [A Call to Action from the Board of Directors of IAVE]

Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Why volunteering matters for the SDGs and what roles volunteers can play in the new framework

People’s Voices Awards recognize volunteers’ contribution to the MDGs

Introducing the corporate volunteering perspective in the UN Private Sector Forum 2015

The Plan of Action 2016-2030 for the integration of volunteering in peace and development

1 Billion Volunteers Can Help Leaders Meet the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

Global Goals logos and other media download

Lima Declaration

IAVE is one of the signatories for the Lima Declaration which was established at the Annual Meeting of the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) held in October 2014. Conference participants from the public, private, academic and NGO sectors around the world adopted the Declaration that calls for Member States to recognise volunteer groups as key partners and stakeholders of the Post-2015 framework and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Declaration also contains a list of commitments endorsed by Volunteer Groups to contribute to the successful delivery of the SDGs.

High Level Political Forums’ Position Paper

The UN Secretariat invited the Post-2015 Volunteering Working Group to submit a paper related to the High Level Political Forums’ (HLPF) main theme this year “Strengthening integration, implementation and review – the HLPF after 2015”, to be issued as the official document of the 2015 session of the HLPF on sustainable development. The paper was drafted in consultation with the International Forum for Volunteering in Development, IAVE, and the Volunteering Working Group. The paper reflects key messages of this year’s HLPF and contains recommendations for the forum.

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