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IRIS+ and U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Original alignment date: 2018 | Updated: 2019

An internationally recognized set of goals, targets, and indicators guiding the global development agenda through 2030.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an extensively adopted set of goals, targets, and indicators to guide the global development agenda through the year 2030. The SDGs contain 17 goals, 169 targets, and 230 measurable indicators in total. The United Nations Development Programme launched the SDGs in 2015, and were built on the experience of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The impact investment community articulated a need to better understand how it can measure contributions and progress toward achieving the SDGs. Individual IRIS metrics were aligned to SDG indicators in the original mapping, and then later aligned to the IRIS+ Themes.