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Global Goals hub

This is ICAEW's hub on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Along with explaining the Goals, this hub offers inspiration and tools to contribute towards them.

UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development

What are the Global Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a worldwide call-to-action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected: often the key to success for one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

What can I do?

With 17 Goals seeking to tackle issues as huge as peace, poverty and the planet, the Goals can seem overwhelming – especially when we're urged to recognise their interconnection and not leave any behind.

As an individual Person

One place to start is to consider which of the Goals you are most passionate about. What matters most to you? Use this Goal as your entry point. Consider which other Goals your chosen Goal is dependent on for success, and begin to think of ways to contribute to all of these (including your chosen Goal).

The UN have also developed a fun quiz to help you select your Goal.

As an organisation  Icon depicting a business building 

Workshop toolkit

Includes a step-by-step guide on how to run the workshop, a suggested session plan, and templates for both Global Goals cards and presentation slides.

You might want to consider running an interactive workshop on the Goals. Running a workshop is a great way to engage stakeholders and staff in the Goals and drive them into an organisation’s strategy. 

This workshop has been run with approximately 4000 people around the world. It's designed for up to 150 participants to work in groups of 5-10 people in businesses of all sizes, schools, universities and wider organisations to help them discover their connection to the Goals.

If you’re planning a Global Goals workshop and would like some advice, get in touch with the ICAEW Sustainability team


Game: Know the Goals

Test your knowledge of the Goals by playing ICAEW’s Global Goals Game – What’s Missing?