The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by UN Member States in September 2015. Included in the Agenda are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets. The SDGs are described in the Agenda as follows:
"The SDGs and targets are integrated and indivisible, global in nature and universally applicable, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development and respecting national policies and priorities. Targets are defined as aspirational and global, with each government setting its own national targets guided by the global level of ambition but taking into account national circumstances. Each government will also decide how these aspirational and global targets should be incorporated in national planning processes, policies and strategies. It is important to recognize the link between sustainable development and other relevant ongoing processes in the economic, social and environmental fields."
The 2015 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF) was held 17-19 November 2015, Incheon, Republic of Korea. The overall objective of the SDTF was to convene government officials, UN Agencies and experts from around the world to discuss guidance on mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs into national and sub-national development plans. The SDTF met this objective by convening three parallel workshops.
The international Workshop on 'Guidance for Implementing the 2030 Agenda and SDGs' were organized by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) together with the UN Development Group (UNDG) and the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum).