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UN Sustainable Development Goals

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  • This resource provides information about the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to create a more equitable, peaceful, and healthy world for all people. 
  • For each goal, there is an overview, measurements related to the goal, annual updates on the goal, and links to related publications. 
Teaching Tips


  • The website links to several UN reports that can be used in many different ways.
  • Directly above the icons of the 17 Goals, there is a link that leads to versions of the guidelines in French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, and Chinese.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 with a plan to complete the goals by 2030.
  • This site contains a massive amount of information. Teachers will need a clear purpose and goals for students using the site.


  • Students could work in groups to develop solutions aligned with the SDGs.
  • Student councils or other student groups could devise sustainable development goals for the school.
  • Other resources on this topic include this article that features a timeline of the United Nations' climate talks, this Khan Academy video on sustainability, and this TED video on how to think about future generations when making decisions for the planet.
Scientist Notes
This website is recommended.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.16.a: Explain why natural resources (i.e., fossil fuels, food, and water) continue to be a source of conflict and analyze how the United States and other nations have addressed issues concerning the distribution and sustainability of natural resources and climate change.
    • World History: Global Studies - Economics, Innovation, and Technology
      • 6.2.12.EconGE.6.a: Evaluate efforts of governmental, non-governmental, and international organizations to address economic imbalances, social inequalities, climate change, health and/or illiteracy.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among the management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.12.IML.5: Evaluate, synthesize, and apply information on climate change from various sources appropriately (e.g., 2.1.12.CHSS.6, S.IC.B.4, S.IC.B.6, 8.1.12.DA.1, 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a, 7.1.AL.PRSNT.2).
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