The SDGs are a set of 17 universal goals, with their own targets and indicators that 193 UN member states, including Papua New Guinea, adopted as a framework to address extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030. The Goals aim for a world that is just, rights-based, equitable, and inclusive. They commit stakeholders to work together to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection, and to benefit all, especially women, children and youth.

How were the Goals chosen?

The largest global consultations across the world were led by governments, with support from the United Nations, to gauge the future we want by 2030. Both at national and international levels, these open and transparent consultations included individual citizens, community organizations, businesses, scientists, academics and various levels of government. Consultations in Papua New Guinea are summarized in the report, “The Future We Want”.

Gender equality and human rights are critical and their attainment is everyone’s responsibility. As cross-cutting issues, they are relevant to every policy area. Notions of gender equality and human rights are therefore incorporated in the core principle of the SDGs: “leaving no one behind.

How will the Goals be measured?

The 17 Goals have 169 targets to measure their achievement at the global level. All 193 members, which includes Papua New Guinea, are required to incorporate the goals and targets into national development frameworks by prioritizing each goal and establishing national targets. The UN has supported the Government in examining existing data sets and identifying the national targets and indicators to measure the development gap and progress.

Who are the stakeholders?

Achieving the SDGs requires effort from everyone, everywhere. Expanding from traditional development actors, such as national governments and the donor community, the SDGs need action from all partners, including community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and academia, as well as individuals.

How can people get involved?

The most important initial step for achieving the SDGs is to have more people know about them and their importance. You can continue to learn about the Goals and be an ambassador for the SDGs in your family and community. Share your knowledge and opinion about the Goals and discuss them.

Ways for individuals to help realize achievement of the Goals

  • Monitor the country’s progress and support organizations working towards achievement of the Goals
  • Create projects and partnerships of your own and participate in existing initiatives to help achieve the Goals
  • Utilize your own position in society as teachers, decision-makers, role-models, parents, and citizens to voice support for the Goals, to make decisions that advance the Goals, and to take action to help implement the Goals