Development, at the service of our lives
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was approved by the 193 member states of the United Nations, in an effort to move towards a more inclusive, prosperous, fair and sustainable global society.
Local governments also participated in its development, in order to ensure that the challenges faced by cities, as well as their potential, were taken into account. This agreement comes at a key time for humanity, one in which we need to stabilise the climate, reduce inequality, and preside over the digitalisation and energy transition of the economy. The ultimate goal is to attain development that is at the service of life, a life that is dignified and peaceful for everyone.
The 17 sustainable development goals (or SDGs), which are defined by 169 milestones set out in the 2030 Agenda, also mark the path that Barcelona can follow to continue building opportunities, social inclusion and well-being, without harming the environment or jeopardising the standard of living of future generations. Achieving the SDGs entails a formidable challenge, both for the City Council and for the city as a whole. This will require overcoming inertia and thinking of new ways to do things, taking into consideration the points of convergence (and conflict) between our environmental, social and economic needs.