"The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015 was a pivotal moment in articulating a new collective vision for development. The Agenda – a plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership – sets a vision for reducing poverty, achieving sustainable development and leaving no one behind. At its core is the integrated and indivisible set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, which balance the three dimensions of sustainable development – the economic, social and environmental – and which apply to all countries while also seeking to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and complete what they did not achieve.

The breadth of the 2030 Agenda implies, more than ever, a need to go beyond silos and take an integrated approach to development interventions. As stated in the closing paragraph of the Preamble of the 2030 Agenda Declaration, “The interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realized.”