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1 MAR 2020

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a model for addressing the most important economic, social and environmental challenges of our time.

Governments cannot achieve these goals on their own which is why the UN is calling on organisations around the world to align their operations with these goals. As a participant of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, RICS is committed to supporting delivery of the SDGs within our sector. The built environment is a major force for achieving the SDGs and RICS has joined forces with the UN Global Compact to drive awareness and action in support of achieving the SDGs by 2030.

The SDGs and how they apply to our sector

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Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
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Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
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Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
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Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and goals
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Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
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Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
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Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
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Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation
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Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
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Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
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Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
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Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
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Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and haltand reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and built effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
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Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development