Sustainable Development Goals

At the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development ("Rio+20"), the UN member states decided to develop a universal set of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs), which will build upon the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. 

The process of setting and implementing the goals, and determining how progress towards them will be monitored, has created new challenges for policy makers and for the scientific community.

Future Earth is responding to this challenge through its work at the intersection of science, policy and society. Together with the community of projects and programmes transitioning into Future Earth, as well as with members of its Governing Council, Future Earth promotes the delivery and uptake of policy-relevant knowledge on global sustainability issues.

Future Earth has set up a SDG working group to coordinate activities relating to the Post2015 development agenda. This working group is being led by the Earth System Governance Project and includes members of Future Earth committees and global hub team. For more details, contact


June 26 – July 8, 2015
High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
New York, USA

July 13 – 16, 2015
Third international conference on financing for development
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

August 17, 2015
International conference on SDGs: a water perspective
Bonn, Germany

September 7, 2015
The 5th World Sustainability Forum
Basel, Switzerland

September 23 - 24, 2015
3rd International Conference on Sustainable Development
New York, USA

September 25 – 27, 2015
United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda
New York, USA

January 2016
Likely date for Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted

March 2016
Likely date for indicators to be adopted