Between 2015 and 2030 our world implements its most ambitious “grand plan” ever for poverty reduction, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At the head of 17 ambitious human development goals is SDG 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. Other goals include end hunger, promote good health, ensure quality education, achieve gender equality, ensure clean water and sanitation, ensure access to clean energy, promote good jobs and economic growth, improve innovation and infrastructure, reduce inequalities, promote sustainable cities and communities, encourage responsible consumption, protect the planet, protect life below water, protect life on land, promote peace and justice, and find partnerships for the goals.

The SDGs differ from their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs; 2000–2015), in several key ways. In addition to ...

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