2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The member states of the United Nations passed the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 on 25th September. It contains an action plan with 17 goals and 169 targets, spanning all three dimensions of sustainable development to tackle economic, social and environmental challenges. The 17 sustainable development goals continue along the lines of the Milennium goals, focussing more deeply on the eradication of poverty, food security, health and well-being, universal education, gender equality, water, sewage, energy, sustained economic growth, the fight against climate change, peace and access to justice.

Agenda 2030 will be implemented through partnerships straddling the public and the private sectors. The states recognise the eradication of poverty as one of the major challenges facing the world, and thus undertake to put in place measures to implement it and bring national development policies and programmes into line with the SDGs over the next fifteen years.

The BBVA Microfinance Foundation has been recognised by the Fund as one of the 13 private-sector institutions to be involved in its public-private partnerships and now sits on its Private-Sector Advisory Group. The United Nations "Working Together Towards the Sustainable Development Goals: A Framework for Action" highlights the importance of the work being done by the BBVA Microfinance Foundation within the SDGs. It is cited as a key example of how to achieve the goals of eradicating poverty, supporting jobs with decent conditions and gender equality.