In September 2000 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Millennium Declaration, followed by the establishment of the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that would guide the international agenda for 15 years (2000-2015).

In September 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), heirs to the progress made with the 8 MDGs, were approved during the United Nations Summit held in New York, thus shaping the new 2030 Agenda, which will also be in place for a period of 15 years (2015-2030).


The 2030 Agenda is a very ambitious international development plan because:

  • It addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) in an interconnected way, considering new areas that had not been covered by the MDGs, such as peace and security, the fight against climate change, the promotion of inclusive economic growth and the adoption of sustainable consumption patterns;
  • It is based on universal goals and targets to be implemented by all the countries in the world, including the developed countries, unlike the MDGs, which were focused on developing countries;
  • The fight against inequalities and the promotion of Human Rights take on a broader dimension as a cross-cutting concern of all SDGs;
  • It entails a combination of efforts by a variety of players, namely developed and developing countries, the public sector, the private sector, the tertiary sector and the rest of civil society.

At the domestic level, the MFA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and Infrastructures, became responsible for the overall coordination of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

In July 2017, the first Voluntary National Review on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda was presented to the United Nations, in New York, and can be found at:

647704 pdf 48Relatório Nacional sobre a Implementação da Agenda 2030 para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável

Portugal is fully committed to the implementation of the SDGs, both internally and externally, and, within that scope, interested in cooperating with all its partners in order to achieve the desired results.

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