The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in September 2015 to guide the work of the United Nations for the next 15 years.
The 2030 Agenda places people at its core and aims to achieve a rights-based sustainable development under a renewed global partnership, in which all countries participate at an equal footing. The SDGs aim to meet the dual challenge of overcoming poverty and protecting the planet. They highlight a comprehensive vision of sustainable development that embraces economic, social and environmental dimensions.
The Minamata Convention on Mercury, as a Multilateral Environmental Agreement with the aim to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of mercury, is compliant with the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development acknowledging States’ respective circumstances and capabilities and the need for global action.
Below are the goals and specific targets in which the different articles and paragraphs of the Convention address the need to act for the compliance of the SDGs.
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development