Sustainable Development Goals

Imagine 50 million Scouts working as active citizens to leave this world a little better than they found it. That’s the power of our ground-breaking project: Scouts for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations (UN) is a member organisation made up of representatives from almost every country in the world (193, to be precise). Its aim is to maintain international peace and security by developing friendly relations among nations and achieving international cooperation.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations member states in 2015, is set of goals which we all must aim for if we want to ensure peace and prosperity for people and for the planet, now and into the future.

At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

The Scouts for SDGs project

In November 2018 World Chief Ambassador Bear Grylls launched Scouts for SDGs at the United Nations. The largest youth contribution to the SDGs worldwide: it’s an all-hands-on-deck commitment to mobilise the helping hands of 50 million

Scouts from around the world to make a shared impact. Through the project, The Scout Association is aiming to deliver two million local projects linked to the SDGs, and to provide an additional three billion hours of service for them by 2030.

Find out what you can do to work towards this locally

The principles and values of the SDG’s are already at the heart of what we do at Scouts – linking in to the requirements for our Community Impact staged badge as well as to our A Million Hands themes.

That’s why we want to spread the word about what these goals are and why they matter, so that all actions taken locally can be logged and shared, allowing us to see the impact we’re having.

Get more information about SDGs and what you can do.