book | 2030 Now

November 11, 2000


book title: 2030 Now
publication year: 2018

photo tour

— book description —

At the heart of 2030 NOW is a coffee-table book about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals — with exclusive photos by Yann Arthus-Bertrand that illustrate the 17 main goals.

The book 2030 Now is about a better future for all of us and for planet Earth. It features stunning photography, world-famous artists and some of the people who are working hard at local and global level to achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

2030 NOW presents the 17 goals in a series of interviews and themes. It introduces readers to the kinds of technology and solutions that hold the key to achieving the SDGs and to giving the world the boost that it needs, and which the UN member states have promised their people and each other.

Visually, the 2030 NOW book will be in a class of its own, with photography by the world-famous Yann Arthus-Bertrand (Earth from Above) and contributions from some of the greatest artists of our day presented by ART 2030.

Inspirational local heroes from around the world will talk about how and why they spend so much of their time making a difference focusing on the climate, human rights, health, nature and other aspects of the world we all share.

These shining beacons of hope serve as examples to the rest of us to do our bit.

Inspiration is derived from people who advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals SDG and will talk about how they can relate:

Paul Polman
Ai Weiwei
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Zainab Salbi
Olafur Eliasson
Yoko Ono
Doug Aitken
Richard Branson
Steven Pinker PhD?
Andrea Marshall
Jan Gehl
Ray Kurzweil

partners: UNDP, ART 2030
writer: Susanne Sayers
research: Poul Arnedal, Michael Helt Knudsen, Vibs Højgaard Frederiksen
concept: Soren Rud — Stine Trier Norden
publisher: Life Publishing
picture credit: courtesy of Yann Arthus-Bertrand

on the web | pages

United Nations | home
United Nations | Global Development Program

— notes —

* UN: is the United Nations
* UNDP: is the United Nations Development Program
* SDG: is the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.

Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations. The status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest-ranking official of the United Nations after the United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.[3]

To accomplish the SDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programmes. The UNDP Human Development Report Office also publishes an annual Human Development Report (since 1990) to measure and analyse developmental progress. In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports.[4]

UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. The organization operates in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity. Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP was one of the main UN agencies involved in the development of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

UNDP works with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners. However UNDP offers to help only if the different nations request it to do so.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.

Background on the goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012. The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing our world.

The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty. The MDGs established measurable, universally-agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.

For 15 years, the MDGs drove progress in several important areas: reducing income poverty, providing much needed access to water and sanitation, driving down child mortality and drastically improving maternal health. They also kick-started a global movement for free primary education, inspiring countries to invest in their future generations. Most significantly, the MDGs made huge strides in combatting HIV/AIDS and other treatable diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis.

What is UNDP’s role?

The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue to guide UNDP policy and funding until 2030. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories.

Our strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. This work is already underway, as we support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.

Our track record working across multiple goals provides us with a valuable experience and proven policy expertise to ensure we all reach the targets set out in the SDGs by 2030. But we cannot do this alone.

Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations.