Resources in United Nations

Study & Devotional Guide for the Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations adopted 17 Goals to end poverty, fight inequalities, and mitigate climate change. This Guide outlines all 17 Sustainable Development Goals , relevant efforts by the PC(USA) and our partners to achieve the goals, and includes Biblical reflections from PC(USA) staff to provide scriptural justification for these efforts.

Partnership for the Goals: Sustainable Development Goal #17

Partnership is essential to tackle the many development issues that the world faces. Learn how PC(USA) and partners around the world work together to build schools, advocate in the international community, and empower producers living in extreme poverty.

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: Sustainable Development Goal #16

God calls us to live in peace with one another. Learn how the PC(USA) and partners around the world promote peace by empowering migrant workers against human trafficking, advocating for peace in the United Nations Security Council, and supporting International Peacemakers.

Life On Land: Sustainable Development Goal #15

Forests are important for combating climate change and protecting the biodiversity of God’s world. Learn how the PC(USA) and partners around the world combat deforestation and desertification by advocating for reduced corporate impact on land and training farmers in sustainable agriculture techniques.

Life Below Water: Sustainable Development Goal #14

Oceans contain about 97 percent of the Earth’s water. Learn how the PC(USA) and partners around the world protect life below water by advocating for reductions in corporate impact on water sources and supporting environmental advocacy organizations.

Climate Action: Sustainable Development Goal #13

Climate change has no national boundaries, affecting every country on the planet. Learn how the PC(USA) and partners around the world work to mitigate climate change by advocating for climate change policies in the international and corporate communities and strengthening communities’ preparation for natural disasters.

Responsible Production and Consumption: Sustainable Development Goal #12

God calls us to be good, responsible stewards of our environment. Learn how the PC(USA) and partners around the world advocate to companies for environmentally sustainable production processes, promote the sale of fair trade products, and commit to making their own facilities more sustainable.

Reduced Inequalities: Sustainable Development Goal #10

Despite some decrease in the inequality between countries since 2000, there is still much inequality within countries and many disadvantaged people lack access to adequate health and education services. Learn how the PC(USA) and partners around the world work to reduce inequalities by promoting inclusive policies for the disadvantaged and advocating in the United Nations… Read more »

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Sustainable Development Goal #9

Basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in many developing countries. Learn how the PC(USA) and partners around the world advocate for the use of sustainable technology and infrastructure, provide water supplies, and provide coaching to farmers to reduce reliance on agro-industrial products.