Sustainability Development Goals

About Sustainability Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all". The SDGs, set in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly and intended to be achieved by the year 2030, are part of a UN Resolution called the "2030 Agenda".

UAE Sustainability Agenda

The UAE focuses on achieving sustainable development goals that would enable access to clean energy, adequate and affordable food, quality education, health care, sustainable economic growth, healthy ecosystems and increased resource efficiency, as all these issues resonate strongly in the country. The UAE also pledged to "leave no one behind" and to shift the world to a sustainable and resilient path.

MOCCAE’s Sustainability Effort

In line with the UAE Vision 2021, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) works, in cooperation with the concerned federal and local authorities, to achieve SDG 12, 13,14 and 15 by implementing several initiatives that aim to safeguard the ecological systems and sustain the natural resources. The most prominent initiatives include:

Goal 12

Responsible Consumption and Production

  1. National Policy on Vital Residential Communities
  2. National Policy for Reducing Transport Sector’s Emissions
  3. UAE Energy Strategy 2050
Goal 13

Climate Action

  1. National Climate Change Plan of the UAE 2017-2050
  2. UAE Energy Strategy 2050
  3. National Climate Change Adaptation Program
  4. Climate Innovations Exchange (CLIX) Initiative
Goal 14

Life Below Water

  1. The UAE Smart Map of Natural Capital
  2. The UAE National Plan of Action for the Conservation and Management of Sharks (2018-2021)
  3. The National Plan of Action for the Conservation of Marine Turtles in the UAE 2018-2021
  4. The UAE National Framework Statement for Sustainable Fisheries (2019-2030)
Goal 15

Life on Land

  1. The UAE Smart Map of Natural Capital
  2. UAE Marine Habitat Mapping Project
  3. The eCITES electronic permitting system (2017)
  4. The Important Bird Areas (IBA) Project

Other Goals:

Goal 2

Zero Hunger

  1. Agricultural policy and the shift towards modern agricultural methods (hydroponic, organic, vertical and protected agriculture)
  2. Transforming the agricultural and livestock sectors at a commercial level (providing production inputs, extension, pest control)
  3. Food Safety (Food Safety Law)
  4. Adopting aquacultur