2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Heads of State, Government leaders, UN High Level Representatives and civil society met in September 2015, at the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These represent a universal, ambitious, sustainable development agenda, an agenda “of the people, by the people and for the people,” crafted with UNESCO’s active involvement. UNESCO contributes to the implementation of the SDGs through its work on:


UNESCO actively helped to frame the Education 2030 agenda which is encapsulated in SDG 4. The Incheon Declaration, adopted at the World Education Forum in Korea in May 2015, entrusted UNESCO to lead and coordinate Education 2030 through guidance and technical support within the overall SDG agenda.

Natural Sciences

The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents a significant step forward in the recognition of the contribution of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) to sustainable development. UNESCO is part of the United Nations Task Team leading the global Technology Facilitation Mechanism, launched on 26 September in order to support the Sustainable Development Goals by enhancing North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms.

In addition, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO holds a universal mandate and global convening power for ocean science and capacity development in support of the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable goals.

Social and Human Sciences

UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme aims to firmly entrench universal values and principles, such as global solidarity, inclusion, anti-discrimination, gender equality and accountability, in the implementation of the SDGs. Viet Nam is part of the Mekong cluster and receives support for a number of Social and Human Sciences projects and programmes implemented across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Specific projects in Viet Nam include the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, Shared Histories of South-East Asia, and Youth policy work


Placing culture at the heart of development policies constitutes an essential investment in the world's future and a pre-condition to successful globalization processes that take into account the principle of cultural diversity. UNESCO ensures that the role of culture is recognized through a majority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those focusing on quality education, sustainable cities, the environment, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production patterns, peaceful and inclusive societies, gender equality and food security.

The implementation of UNESCO's programme in Viet Nam, through the operationalization of UNESCO’s Culture Conventions on the safeguarding and promotion of cultural and natural heritage, and the cultural and creative industries, as well as joint programmes with other UN Agencies and strong cooperation with the national authorities is key for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Communication and Information

UNESCO advocates the recognition of the vital role that freedom of expression and access to information and knowledge play in Vietnamese society. UNESCO’s work on the promotion of universal access to information, including through Open Solutions directly contributes to the achievement of Goal 9, which focuses on building resilient infrastructure and fostering innovation, particularly through increasing access to ICT.

For more information download our UNESCO 2030 Agenda Brochure available in English, French and Spanish.

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