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In September 2015, 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a historic resolution committing themselves to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, seeking to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that ended in 2015. The SDGs are ambitious and universal—applicable in both developed and developing countries —and transformational, aimed at balancing economic growth, social development and environmental protection. The Agenda is driven by the principle of leaving no one behind. It is rooted in universal human rights principles and standards.

The SDGs are the result of a long, intensive, consultative process, and are strongly owned by various stakeholders — countries, civil society and international organizations, including the United Nations. The transition from the MDGs to the SDGs is a huge step forward in national commitments to fulfil the United Nations founding vision of peace, well-being, economic stability and the realization of human rights for all. The UN Charter, adopted in 1945, has human rights and dignity at its core. It covers all aspects of what then was termed ‘social progress and better standards of life — today generally described as human development and human well-being.

Implementation of the 2030 Agenda’s vision of sustainable development requires an integrated approach. The SDGs are indivisible in nature and call for collective action, at all levels. They aim to address the challenges of our time, with an overarching imperative of leaving no one behind, and addressing inequalities and discrimination as a defining feature. For many developing countries, the 2030 Agenda was adopted at an opportune moment, as they were preparing long term development plans/strategies that could mainstream the SDGs.

The 2030 Agenda and the Secretary-General’s report on follow-up and review state that reviews should take place at national, regional and global levels, and that these processes should build on each other. They provide key information and feedback as well as learning mechanisms at every stage, and provide scope for inclusiveness and broad participation, as illustrated in Figure 1.

The 2030 Agenda also stipulates that all review processes apply the following principles:

- Voluntary and country-led;

- Focused on universal, integrated, and interrelated goals and targets, including means of implementation;

- Long-term orientation;

- Open, inclusive, participatory and transparent for all peoples;

- People-centred, gender-sensitive, and respect, protect and promote human rights, with a particular focus on the people who are poorest, most vulnerable and left furthest behind;

уряд Цілі сталого розвитку In 2016 Ukraine was holding discussions on implementing SDGs in the following areas: equitable social development; sustainable economic growth and employment; e? ective, accountable and inclusive management and justice for all; and environmental equilibrium and sustainable development. More than 800 leading experts in the thematic areas covered by the SDGs submitted proposals concerning the SDGs for Ukraine and were involved in the open process of establishing national tasks to ensure the objectivity of the assessments. They include representatives of ministries and departments, government agencies, UN agencies in Ukraine, international organizations, the business community, the expert community, public organizations (primarily those representing the interests of the most vulnerable groups) and civil society.

The ‘Sustainable Development Goals: Ukraine’ national report provides the baseline and benchmarks for Ukraine to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved by the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Summit 2015. Taking into account the principle of ‘leave no one behind’ and using a wide range of informational, statistical and analytical materials, a national SDGs system has been developed (with 86 national development targets and 172 indicators for monitoring them) which will provide a solid base for further planning Ukraine’s development and monitoring its achievement of the SDGs. This report was prepared by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine under the coordination of Natalia Gorshkova and approved by the High-Level Interministerial Working Group for the organization of the process of implementing the SDGs in Ukraine under the chairmanship of the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Stepan Kubiv – and the UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, Humanitarian Coordinator in Ukraine and UN Resident Representative in Ukraine, Neal Walker.