Achieving the SDGs by Design

Adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, the SDGs provide targets towards which all designers should strive.

What is the role of design?

In the end, every design action has an impact, but it is up to the designer to determine whether that impact swings the pendulum further away from the SDGs or pushes it forward. Although design can be an inherently extractive activity, it can also give back to both people and planet in meaningful ways.

As designers collectively strive towards more sustainable, inclusive and equitable design processes, key consideration must be made for the global targets established by the SDGs.

Changing Paradigms

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Reframing the SDGs

Although the SDGs can be fundamentally broad in their interpretation and application across various sectors, designers need to empower themselves to think and work differently to understand the goals and their corresponding targets through a design lens.

 

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Applying the Framework to Your Projects

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Elevate Your Project

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SDG Media Cards

SDG 1

No Poverty

SDG 2

Zero Hunger

SDG 3

Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 4

Quality Education

SDG 5

Gender Equality

SDG 6

Clean Water and Sanitation

SDG 7

Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 8

Decent Work and Economic Growth

SDG 9

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 10

Reduced Inequalities

SDG 11

Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 12

Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 13

Climate Action

SDG 14

Life Below Water

SDG 15

Life on Land

SDG 16

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

SDG 17

Partnerships for the Goals

SDG Card Booklet

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