UNCTAD delivers on the Sustainable Development Goals

Global GoalsThe 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a global plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, which demands an entirely new level of international partnership in pursuit of the future we all want.

With more than fifty years of trade and development expertise and experience, UNCTAD is already implementing a number of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Report of the Secretary-General of UNCTAD to UNCTAD XIV: From Decisions to Actions, underscores four action lines needed to fulfil the ambitions of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda:

  • Building productive capacity to transform economies
  • More effective States and more efficient markets
  • Tackling vulnerabilities, building resilience
  • Strengthening multilateralism, finding common solutions

Through these actions, in total, UNCTAD contributes to progress on 52 specific SDG targets, grouped under 10 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The two areas of critical importance to this transformative agenda where UNCTAD contributes most, are Partnership and Prosperity.

Find out more about UNCTAD's inventory (PDF) of existing technical cooperation tools, research & analysis products, dialogue platforms and soft-law instruments relevant to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


UNCTAD advances Partnership for the Goals through Goal 17

Gola 17As a major institutional stakeholder of the financing for development process, UNCTAD's implementation role was recognized and strengthened by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda.

UNCTAD is also leading inter-agency dialogue on monitoring and accountability of the means for implementation targets, and accordingly, UNCTAD contributes to all 19 specific targets that belong to Goal 17: Partnership for the Goals


UNCTAD contributes to Prosperity for all through Goals 8, 9, 10

In accordance with UNCTAD's mission of "prosperity for all," an additional 19 of the specific targets to which UNCTAD contributes belong to "prosperity" related goals, namely:

Goal 8Goal 8:
Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 9Goal 9:
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 10Goal 10:
Reduced Inequalities


UNCTAD contributes to People and Planet through Goals 1, 2, 5, 12, 14 and 15

UNCTAD also contributes to 14 other select targets for both People and The Planet

Goal 1Goal 1:
Ending Poverty

Goal 2Goal 2:
Zero Hunger

Goal 5Goal 5:
Gender Equality


Goal 12Goal 12:
Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 14Goal 14:
Life Below Water

Goal 15Goal 15:
Life on Land

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