What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

These goals, also known as the SDGs, aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for everyone by 2030. At Sightsavers, we make sure all our work helps to achieve these goals.

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Nearly all the countries in the world have promised to improve the planet and the lives of its citizens by 2030.

They’ve committed themselves to 17 life-changing goals, outlined by the UN in 2015. These targets, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), include ending extreme poverty, giving people better healthcare, and achieving equality for women.

The aim is for all countries to work together to ensure no one is left behind. Here you can read about the goals and learn how Sightsavers is helping to achieve them.

Watch the video to learn more about the SDGs.

How Sightsavers is working towards the SDGs

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Disability rights

We want to ensure that education, health care and employment opportunities are available to all.
Sightsavers and disability

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Eliminating diseases

We have ambitious plans to eliminate trachoma and other neglected tropical diseases.
Our NTD work

Sightsavers’ work directly contributes to achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 1: No poverty
We ensure people stay healthy so they are able to work, enabling them to earn money to support themselves and their families.

Goal 3: Good health and wellbeing
We provide eye care in some of the world’s poorest countries, ensuring people can be treated for eye conditions.

Goal 4: Quality education
Our education programmes aim to ensure that all children, including those with disabilities, are able to go to school.

Our video shows how Sightsavers is helping to achieve the goals.

Goal 5: Gender equality
We strive for gender equality in all our programmes, right from the planning stages, to make sure we are as equitable as possible.

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
We promote good hygiene to help eliminate neglected tropical diseases such as trachoma and river blindness.

Goal 10: Reduced inequalities
Our Equal World campaign promotes equality for people with disabilities, to ensure their rights are upheld.

Goal 17: Partnerships for the goals
We work in partnership with local, national and international organisations, governments and NGOs.

In depth: Sightsavers and the SDGs

Learn how the SDGs underpin all our work, and view in-depth information on how we’re supporting other countries to fulfil their commitments.

Our SDG work

Sightsavers’ research is tied to achieving the goals

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More about the Sustainable Development Goals

Aissata Ndiaye and Tichafara Chisaka.
Sightsavers blog

How can inclusive data advocacy help us to achieve the SDGs?

Sightsavers’ Aissata Ndiaye and Tichafara Chisaka share some lessons on inclusive data advocacy based on our experiences in Pakistan, Cameroon and Senegal.

Sightsavers, July 2022
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Sightsavers blog

How Maroua’s voluntary local review can help Cameroon achieve the SDGs

Sightsavers’ Joseph Oye and Aissata Ndiaye share insights and recommendations from the Commune of Maroua I’s review into SDG implementation at the local level.

Sightsavers, July 2022
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Sightsavers partnership aims to research the impact of climate change on NTDs

Sightsavers and the Walker Institute will explore different climate change scenarios to predict areas that will be most affected by neglected tropical diseases in the future.

March 2022