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Our contribution to the 2030 Agenda

We are supporting South Africa in bringing about a socially just energy transition, creating employment opportunities in the Palestinian territories and implementing sustainability standards in Bangladesh’s textile factories. All of these projects are doing their part to help achieve the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In September 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda. It calls for nothing less than the transformation of our world. Its aim is to reconcile global economic progress with social justice and the conservation of natural resources. And no one is to be left behind.

The 2030 Agenda is an important benchmark for GIZ. It is an integral part of the planning, implementation and monitoring of all new projects. Learn about how our projects work towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in the section ‘Working effectively’.

In 2023, we will be conducting a mid-term review of the 2030 Agenda. But it is already clear that considerable progress has been made. On the other hand, multiple crises over the last few years, including COVID-19, violent conflicts and climate change, are slowing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda around the globe. We strive every day to achieve the goals, and will continue to do so with determination, alongside our national and international partners. Five principles guide our actions.


To achieve sustainable development, every country needs to change. The 2030 Agenda therefore applies universally to all countries of the world – developing countries, emerging economies and industrialised nations alike.

Leave no one behind

All human beings should be able to lead a dignified life, free from poverty and hunger. In future, no one should be left behind or excluded from social development.

Integrated approach

The SDGs are indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental.

Shared responsibility

This principle embodies a new understanding of global cooperation that aims to preserve the world’s vital natural resources through partnerships and promote prosperity and peace. Governments, business, civil society groups, citizens, and the scientific and academic community will all play their part in this.


Implementation of the 2030 Agenda is reviewed at the national, regional and global levels. Regular progress reports are required.

Learn more about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.