“Over the next 15 years countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.”

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN member states are expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies. Over the next 15 years countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.

The goals were officially adopted at a UN summit in New York in September 2015, and became applicable from. In March 2016, the United Nations Statistical Commission’s Interagency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) agreed on 230 indivi- dual indicators to monitor the 17 goals and 169 targets of the SDGs.

 

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The SDGs contain a number of targets addressing explicitly and implicitly the topic of waste and resource management, marking an advance of this topic to the global development agenda. Since the SDGs are expected to be used by national governments to frame their agendas and policies over the next 15 years, the waste and resource management topic is expected to be included in these national development agendas and policies.

ISWA and Sustainable Development Goals

We started by identifying, in general, those SDGs and targets that are directly and indirectly relevant to ISWA. Then the relevant SDGs and targets that each of ISWA’s activities and projects are contributing to are identified. Eventually, all future projects of ISWA are going to be analysed to assess their links with the SDGs and their targets, which will be communicated to relevant partners as widely as deemed suitable according to ISWA’s communication strategies.

International Solid Waste Association has identified 11 out of 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are directly and indirectly relevant to ISWA.

The following goals are listed in order of relevance to ISWA Task Force on Marine Litter.