Sustainable Development Goals


On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. These are the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years, known as the 2030 agenda. Watch this data visualization to see numbers in action and where we are today.

The SDGs, also known as Global Goals, build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.

Please see here to learn more about the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda, and for the source of this content.

You can watch a video explaining the SDGs.


Quality education encompasses gender equality, employment, better quality of like, access to university, cultural diversity, human rights, literacy, numeracy and so much more. SDG4 is tightly linked to the rest of the SDGs and is central to the success and sustainability of the SDGs.

You can learn more about SDG4 by watching this short video.

Sustainable Development Goal 4 has 10 targets encompassing many different aspects of education and will be thoroughly reviewed at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2019.

You can learn more about each of the 10 targets and their indicators by visiting here.

Given CUNY’s proven record in socioeconomic mobility and inclusion, and its central role in facilitating access to higher education, we believe that Target 4.3 which aims to ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university speaks directly to us, and we want to work together, to innovate and collaborate on ways that engage the student body at CUNY to assume responsibility and respond to the call to action for SDG4 and all the SDGs.