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Sustainable Development Goals


On 25 September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 sustainable development plan together with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as a framework comprising 17 SDGs and 169 targets. According to the 2030 International Agenda, these goals aim to eliminate poverty, protect the planet, ensure human security, and welfare and wellbeing by 2030.

What distinguishes this agenda from others is the agreement of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations including hundreds of stakeholders on a single long-term vision for our collective future. The SDGs are deemed interconnected. We can say that they serve as a comprehensive road map and an ambitious agenda that requires transformative policies and investments and everybody’s engagement in implementation.

As is evident, the SDGs require practical cooperation and close collaboration with all partners in public and private sectors as well as the community in order to make the right choices that improve the quality of life for next generations in sustainable manner and provide countries with clear principles and objectives which fit their priorities and national agendas, whilst highlighting the environmental challenges that confront the world as a whole.


UAE’s National development and priorities and SDGs

National Agenda and SDGs

There exists significant interrelation between the UAE National Agenda - centered around 6 priorities, 52 National Key Performance Indicators (NKPI) and 365 sub-NKPIs - and SDGs and the 169 targets and 230 indicators thereof.

The table below shows the mapping process of SDGs carried out by the members of the UAE’s National Committee on SDGs.

The mapping process of the 17 SDGs can be considered as pillars of the National Agenda.


Mapping of SDGs to UAE’s National Agenda


National Priorities

SDG 2: Zero hunger

World class healthcare system

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and Communities

SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

SDG 1: No poverty

High-level Education System

SDG 4: Quality Education

SDG 5: Gender Equality

Sustainable environment and infrastructure

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and Communities

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption & Production

SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 15: life on land

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

All the 17 SDGs

Innovation-based Competitive Knowledge Economy

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Cohesive Society & Preserved Identity

SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Safe Community and Fair Judiciary

SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The UAE’s National Committee on SDGs has been formed by Cabinet’s Decree in January 2017. HE Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation serves as chairwoman of the Committee, while the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority serves as the vice president and secretary thereof. The Committee’s membership includes the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs & the Future, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation and other 15 federal government entities. All of them are responsible for implementation of the SDGs at (a) national level, monitoring of the progress achieved in such SDGs, engagement of stakeholders and submission of periodic reports on the country’s achievements.

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