As the leading global environmental authority, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is the Custodian for 25 SDG indicators – across SDG Goal 6, 8, 12, 14, 15 and 17. These indicators cover topics related to resource management and protection of fresh water, marine and terrestrial ecosystems; circular economy, including the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources; and environmentally sound management of chemicals and waste. For these, UNEP has the duty to work with UN member states to develop SDG methodologies; work with national statistical authorities to collect and review SDG data; and promote the use of data for analysis, including in the Global SDG progress report. This mandate is elaborated in the 2019 UN Statistical Commission report (E/CN.3/2019/2), “custodian agencies, international and supranational statistical agencies have accountability for the quality and accuracy of global reporting on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals”.

Browse through UNEP's SDG work, including National Scorecard that assists the Common Country Analysis (CCA), SDG Interface Ontology and relevant policy briefs

UNEP works with internal and external partners for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and for monitoring the SDG progress. Here is the list of identified partners.

New insights into how global change is impacting freshwater environments

A new global study sheds light on how interactions between specific characteristics of catchments, such as carbon and pollution, affect aquatic plant diversity and function in freshwater environments.

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Key areas of focus

  • Policy briefs
    The Sustainable Development Goals Policy Briefs highlight a hotspot of environmental change
  • SDG Interface Ontology
    Focuses on specifications of terms and their interrelations in the domain of the 2030 Agenda


World Environment Situation Room

The WESR is the new UNEP data, information and knowledge platform providing users access to validated content to support environmental decision… read more


A list of all Sustainable Development Goals resources are available here

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