Sustainable Development Goals & Global Frameworks

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched by the United Nations in 2015, are a global framework for development by the year 2030. Foundations are an integral part of this and other global frameworks, such as the World Humanitarian Summit and the Paris Climate Agreement.

These resources will help U.S. foundations and learn about the SDGs, other global frameworks, and the Council’s work on the subject. More information can be found through the Council’s initiative on the topic.

In-Depth knowledge on Sustainable Development Goals & Global Frameworks

The SDGs are a framework that challenges all of us, working both in human rights and across sectors, to think differently about how our work in the US and abroad is interlinked. But do we even speak the same language? The closing conference session on buzzwords challenged us to consider if we are communicating in an accessible way that allows others to join the conversation – or are we excluding those not in the know?

Sustainability. Quality education. Poverty reduction. Gender equality. If this list sounds familiar to individuals working in philanthropy or non-profits in the U.S., it should. Our sector is synonymous with these issues in part because our nation suffers from many of them, despite being the wealthiest country on the planet.

As implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals becomes a priority of the world, philanthropy has an opportunity to make an impact. This report from the Council on Foundations examines how U.S. funders can view their work in the global development framework and contribute to the success of the goals in the United States.

There is no doubt that the US is suffering from what feels like the unravelling of social order. Recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota, and Texas have heightened deep-seated tensions relating to race and criminal justice. The presidential election has felt more like a schoolyard brawl than democracy in action. And anger continues to grow among millions suffering from joblessness, poverty and disenfranchisement.

At the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, more than 6000 attendees discussed how the global community delivers aid for the world’s most vulnerable people, especially given commitments to leave no one behind within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The two-day event included a mix of government representatives, civil society organizations, and the private sector, including more than 350 corporate attendees and 79 foundations.

On September 25, 2015, 193 countries formally adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations. The Council is committed to connecting our members with resources to learn more about the SDGs and understand how these global goals are relevant to their existing programs and strategies, globally and in the US, and provide an opportunity for philanthropy to lead together towards 2030. Get started here.