What are the Sustainable Development Goals and what do they mean for TDC?

Local to Global: Community-led solutions to a sustainable city in Brighton and Hove

What are the Sustainable Development Goals and what do they mean for TDC?

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out an agenda for a better world by 2030 – fairer, safer, healthier, more prosperous and in better balance with nature.  They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. They recognize we are all globally connected.

The Global Goals are the result of a huge consultation process and were ratified by 193 global leaders in September 2015. There are 17 goals, with 169 targets, covering all aspects of life on Earth – social, economic and environmental. They are relevant to communities, households and individuals as well as to governments, businesses, and community organisations, like TDC.


TDC recognizes that Brighton and Hove is a uniquely creative and progressive City, which faces many challenges– there are areas where 43% of our children live in poverty and life expectancy is nine years shorter; whilst across the city we have the fourth highest level of suicide in the country and the second highest number of people sleeping on our streets [1]. This is not ok. The SDGs are a good framework to address some of the social and environmental challenges TDC and local communities have identified in our work in Brighton and Hove, as well as a way of checking our progress against these Global Goals.

TDC is looking at ways we can work with local community groups to achieve the SDGs, and working in partnership with Brighton and Hove Council, Brighton and Sussex Universities, and others like the Living Coast - Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership.

Get in touch if you are interested in learning more: [email protected] and see what you can do at 170 Actions to Transform the World.

[1] TDC Vision 2019

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