The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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“The 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, provide a coherent, holistic framework for addressing these challenges and their interconnections. (…) They require member states to address the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in a balanced manner. Their implementation must embody the principles of inclusiveness, integration and ‘leaving no one behind’.”

– António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General


On September 25th 2015, the 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a set of goals as part of a new sustainable development agenda entitled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

These sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a universal set of goals and targets that UN Member States will use to frame their national agendas and development policies from 2016 to 2030. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and complete what they did not achieve. They seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental, with the aspiration for peaceful and inclusive societies. The complete list of goals and targets and the outcome document are available here


The MDGs have proven that goal setting works. They have helped end poverty for some, but not all. The new Agenda 2030 for Sustainable development seeks to build on the MDGs and complete what they did not achieve. The agenda goes beyond the MDGs. It balances the economic, social and environmental dimensions of development, seeks to realize the human rights of all, and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The Agenda 2030 has been designed as an integrated and indivisible package.

A wider scope:

  • The new agenda builds on the “unfinished business” of the MDGs while raising the level of ambition-17 Goals instead of 8. It reflects a complex development reality and takes up new challenges – climate change, inequality, urbanization, etc., incorporating more fully aspects of economic and environmental sustainability as well as the aspiration for peaceful and inclusive societies. So the new agenda simultaneously addresses the pillars of sustainable development and recognizes the interlinkage with governance and peace.

A more ambitious agenda:

  • The old agenda sought to halve extreme poverty. The new agenda seeks to eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions, with more demanding targets on health, education, and gender equality, so that none is left behind.

  • The old agenda was sketchy on the means of implementation. The new agenda includes targets that address the means of implementation under each goal. In addition, goal 17 speaks of the shared responsibility for realizing the global 2013 vision.

A universal agenda:

  • The new agenda strongly emphasizes that it applies to all countries and all people. Therefore it is applicable also to developed countries, beyond the means of implementation.


Implementation and success will rely on countries’ own sustainable development policies, plans and programmes, and will be led by countries with support of the United Nations. The SDGs will be a compass for aligning countries’ plans with their global commitments.

The 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the new agenda will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators. Governments will also develop their own national indicators to assist in monitoring progress made on the goals and targets.

Cambodia Sustainable Development Goals (CSDGs) Mobile Application

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កម្មវិធីទូរស័ព្ទដៃឈ្មោះ CSDGs ត្រូវបានសម្ភោធដាក់ឲ្យប្រើប្រាស់ជាផ្លូវការកាលពីខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ ក្នុងក្របខ័ណ្ឌយុទ្ធនាការផ្សព្វផ្សាយពត៌មានស្តីអំពី គោលដៅអភិវឌ្ឍន៍ប្រកបដោយចីរភាពដល់មហាជននៅក្នុងព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជាក្នុងនោះមានប្រជាពលរដ្ឋកម្ពុជាទាំងអស់ ព្រមទាំងអ្នក និងភាគីពាក់ព័ន្ធទាំងអស់ក្នុងវិស័យអភិវឌ្ឍន៍។

The information about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Khmer and English languages is now at your fingertips. Please download the CSDGs Mobile Application for free from App Store and Play Store.

The CSDGs mobile application has been launched in October 2017 as part of the public information campaign to inform all Cambodian people and all stakeholders in the development sector about the Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Global Goals.



A rapid integrated assessment has been conducted on Cambodia’s National Strategic Development Plan 2014-2018 and relevant sector plans and strategies against the SDG targets.

The assessment provides a gap analysis of the SDG targets that are not addressed in the current plan, targets that are partially addressed, and targets that have been addressed by multiple sectors. Sectors/Policy Areas indicated are those listed in the National Strategic Development Plan. Twenty-four policy areas were assessed.

Read the following documents to find out more:

Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development

The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are not merely items on a checklist but represent a holistic approach to understanding and tackling problems by guiding us to ask the right questions at the right time. We need to consider several challenges in order to work out how they connect with and impact upon each other. But how does this work? Watch this explainer video to learn more. (source: UNSSC)