Nurses Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: The United Nations and Sigma

Am J Nurs. 2021 Apr 1;121(4):65-68. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000742544.07615.db.


This article is one in a series in which contributing authors discuss how the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are linked to everyday clinical issues; national public health emergencies; and other nursing issues, such as leadership, shared governance, and advocacy. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a 15-year plan of action to achieve the goals, was unanimously adopted by all UN member states in September 2015 and took effect on January 1, 2016. The Agenda consists of 17 SDGs addressing social, economic, and environmental determinants of health and 169 associated targets focused on five themes: people, planet, peace, prosperity, and partnership. The SDGs build on the work of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which were in effect from 2000 to 2015. The current article highlights SDGs 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth), and 17 (partnerships for the goals), along with the advocacy of these goals by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing in the UN system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Gender Equity*
  • Global Health / standards*
  • Guidelines as Topic*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Care / standards*
  • Organizational Objectives*
  • Public Health / standards*
  • Sustainable Development*
  • United Nations