The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a global development agenda which operates from 2015 to 2030, as part of a United Nations Resolution. They propose 17 goals for sustainable development, such as action on climate change and eradicating hunger. These goals have been formulated by a collaborative approach between different groups, such as UN member state governments, NGOs, grassroots consultations, and young people. The goals are universal in their nature, meaning every UN member state has committed to achieving these goals, including the UK.

In order to achieve the 17 goals, each goal has its own targets, and so the SDGs include 169 targets. For example, one of the 13 targets for Goal 3 to ‘ensure healthy lives’ is, “By 2030, reduce the global maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births”. As to achieve these targets, each target will have one or two indicators to measure progress towards the targets. With regards to the above target, the corresponding indicator is to ‘measure the ratio of maternal mortality’.

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