SDGs In Order
The first-ever sequence for tackling the most important problems in the world.


Origin of the Survey Options


Upper: TABLE 1 - SDG TARGETS INCLUDED displays the relationship between the 117 survey options and the 169 official SDG targets from which they were derived. We distilled the official targets by eliminating redundancies, eliminating targets that solely require administrative action, and eliminating targets that apply only to a subset of countries (such as island nations). If you are familiar with the official targets, you can see we also greatly simplified the original language.

In the column headed "Source SDG Targets," the number before the decimal point is the SDG number and the number after the decimal point is the number of the official target associated with that SDG. For example, 4.3 is the fourth SDG (Quality Education) and its third official target ("By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.")

Lower: TABLE 2 - SDG TARGETS EXCLUDED, at the bottom of this page, lists 27 officials targets that are not reflected in the survey options because we determined they were not investible or sufficiently country-specific.


Survey Options Source SDG Targets
Eliminate the most extreme poverty 1.1, 10.1
Reduce all poverty by half 1.2, 10.1
Expand social protection and services for the poor 1.3
Ensure equal access to legal rights, economic rights and natural resources 1.4, 10.4
Protect the vulnerable from economic, social and environmental disasters 1.5
Ensure year-round availability of nutritious and sufficient food 2.1, 2.2
Double productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers 2.3
Expand sustainable, adaptive and resilient food production 2.4
Maintain genetic diversity of seeds, crops and livestock 2.5
Expand sharing of genetic resources and associated knowledge 2.5, 15.6
Increase investment in rural infrastructure, agricultural research and productive capacity 2.a
Reduce food price volatility 2.c
Reduce maternal mortality 3.1
End preventable deaths of infants and children under 5 years of age 3.2
Curtail epidemics of communicable disease 3.3
Reduce deaths from non-communicable disease 3.4
Promote mental health and wellness, including prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse 3.5
Reduce road-related deaths 3.6
Provide access to sexual and reproductive health care services 3.7, 5.6
Ensure access to safe, effective and affordable health care, medicine and vaccines 3.8
Reduce death and illness from pollution 3.9
Implement the WHO's tobacco control recommendations 3.a
Support R&D for new vaccines and medicines 3.b
Recruit, train and retain health workers 3.c
Improve early warning of health risks 3.d
Ensure all children graduate from primary and secondary schools 4.1
Eliminate disparity in education and vocational training 4.2, 4.3, 4.5
Boost youth and young adult training and employment 4.4, 8.6, 8.b
Ensure literacy and numeracy for youth and adults 4.6
Increase understanding of climate change and sustainable development 4.7, 12.8, 13.3
Increase understanding of human rights, non violence and diversity 4.7
Upgrade safety, accessibility and effectiveness of school buildings 4.a
Expand education scholarships in emerging fields of study 4.b
Boost availability of qualified teachers 4.c
End discrimination against women and girls 5.1, 5.b, 5.c, 10.3
End violence against women and girls 5.2
Recognize and value unpaid domestic work 5.4
Ensure equal opportunity in economic and public life 5.5
Ensure women's rights to economic opportunity, property ownership and inheritance 5.a, 5.b, 5.c, 10.3
Expand access to safe drinking water 6.1
Ensure safe, accessible sanitation and hygiene 6.2
Reduce water pollution and expand waste-water treatment 6.3
Combat water scarcity 6.4
Boost water use efficiency 6.4
Expand local participation in integrated water resource management 6.5, 6.b
Conserve and restore terrestrial freshwater ecosystems 6.6, 14.1
Expand access to affordable, reliable, modern energy 7.1, 7.b
Boost energy efficiency 7.3
Boost per capita GDP 8.1
Boost economic productivity through diversification, innovation and technology 8.2
Promote growth of micro-, small-, and medium-sized businesses 8.3
Decouple local economic growth from environmental degradation 8.4
Expand safe and productive employment 8.5
End human trafficking, harsh labor, forced marriage and genital mutilation 5.3, 8.7
Protect worker rights and safety 8.8
Promote tourism that creates jobs, promotes local culture and respects the environment 8.9, 12.b
Expand access to banking, insurance and financial services 8.1
Boost employment and GDP of sustainable industries 9.2
Ensure access to financial services for small-scale industrial businesses 9.3
Encourage environmentally sound industrial businesses 9.4
Boost scientific R&D 9.5
Develop reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure 9.1, 9.a
Support local technology R&D 9.b
Provide affordable access to the Internet and communication technology 5.b, 9.c
Promote social, economic and political inclusion 10.2
Facilitate safe, orderly migration and mobility of people 10.7
Attract development assistance and direct foriegn investment 10.b
Reduce transaction costs of migration remittances 10.c
Ensure access to adequate, safe and affordable housing 11.1
Provide safe, affordable and accessible roads and public transportation systems 11.2
Ensure inclusive and sustainable urbanization 11.3, 11.6
Safeguard the world's and local cultural heritages 11.4
Preserve the world's and local natural heritage 11.4
Reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses due to natural disaster 11.5
Provide safe, accessible green and public spaces 11.7
Ensure that regional planning links urban, suburban and rural areas 11.a
Develop environmental disaster and resource efficiency plans 11.b
Ensure efficient use of natural resources 12.2
Reduce food waste among producers, suppliers, retailers and consumers 12.3
Improve chemical and waste management 12.4
Reduce waste through recycling and reuse 12.5
Encourage businesses to report on sustainability practices 12.6
Promote sustainable public procurement 12.7
Eliminate tax policies and fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage consumption 12.c
Strengthen capacity to withstand natural disasters 13.1
Address bio-diversity and climate change in national plans and policies 13.2, 13.b, 15.9
Prevent and reduce marine pollution 14.1
Protect marine and coastal ecosystems 14.2
Minimize and reduce ocean acidification 14.3
End illegal fishing and regulate fish stocks 14.4, 14.6
Conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine areas 14.5
Boost marine science and technology 14.a
Provide small-scale fishers access to marine resources and markets 14.b
Conserve and manage forests, including stopping and reversing deforestation 15.2, 15.b
Combat desertification and restore degraded lands 15.3
Ensure conservation of mountain ecosystems 15.4
Halt loss of biodiversity and threatened flora and fauna 15.5, 15.7
End poaching and illegal wildlife trade 15.7, 15.c
Prevent introduction and reverse effects of alien species on native eco-systems 15.8
Reduce violence and related deaths 16.1
Eliminate child abuse, exploitation and violence 5.3, 16.2
Promote rule of law and access to justice 16.3
Combat organized crime and reduce illicit financial and arms flow 16.4
Provide for the recovery and return of stolen assets 16.4
End corruption and bribery 16.5
Ensure government accountability and transparency 16.6
Promote participatory public planning and decision-making 16.7
Participate in international efforts related to governance, economics, policing, energy and the environment 6.a, 7.a, 16.8
Expand access to legal identity 16.9
Ensure public access to information and fundamental freedoms 16.1
Boost capacity for preventing crime and terrorism 16.a
Support laws and policies that promote sustainable development 16.b, 17.14
Improve domestic capacity for tax and revenue collection 17.1
Participate in global efforts to advance science, technology and innovation 17.6
Boost share of global exports 17.11
Promote public/private and civil society partnerships 17.17
Enhance capacity to gather data and monitor progress 17.19


Target Number Original Target Reason for Exclusion
1.a Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions Not Investable
1.b Create sound policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty eradication actions Not Investable
2.b Correct and prevent trade restrictions and distortions in world agricultural markets, including through the parallel elimination of all forms of agricultural export subsidies and all export measures with equivalent effect, in accordance with the mandate of the Doha Development Round Not Investable
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix Not Country-Specific
8.a Increase Aid for Trade support for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, including through the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade-related Technical Assistance to Least Developed Countries Not Investable
10.5 Improve the regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen the implementation of such regulations Not Country-Specific
10.6 Ensure enhanced representation and voice for developing countries in decision-making in global international economic and financial institutions in order to deliver more effective, credible, accountable and legitimate institutions Not Country-Specific
10.a Implement the principle of special and differential treatment for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, in accordance with World Trade Organization agreements Not Investable
11.c Support least developed countries, including through financial and technical assistance, in building sustainable and resilient buildings utilizing local material Not Country-Specific
12.1 Implement the 10?Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns, all countries taking action, with developed countries taking the lead, taking into account the development and capabilities of developing countries Not Investable
13.a Implement the commitment undertaken by developed-country parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to a goal of mobilizing jointly $100 billion annually by 2020 from all sources to address the needs of developing countries in the context of meaningful mitigation actions and transparency on implementation and fully operationalize the Green Climate Fund through its capitalization as soon as possible Not Country-Specific
14.7 By 2030, increase the economic benefits to small island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism Not Country-Specific
14.c Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of “The future we want” Not Country-Specific
15.a Mobilize and significantly increase financial resources from all sources to conserve and sustainably use biodiversity and ecosystems Not Investable
17.2 Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national income for official development assistance (ODA/GNI) to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries Not Investable
17.3 Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources Not Investable
17.4 Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress Not Country-Specific
17.5 Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries Not Country-Specific
17.7 Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed Not Country-Specific
17.8 Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology Not Country-Specific
17.9 Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation Not Country-Specific
17.10 Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda Not Country-Specific
17.12 Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access Not Country-Specific
17.13 Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence Not Country-Specific
17.15 Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development Not Investable
17.16 Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries Not Country-Specific
17.18 By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts Not Country-Specific