Sustainable Development


During the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, world leaders launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 2030 Agenda is the new global framework for sustainable development until 2030 and comprises 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


Singapore supports the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs. As a small country with limited land and no natural resources, Singapore appreciates the challenges of sustainable development. This is why we participated actively in the negotiations on the 2030 Agenda and welcome the consensus reached.

From our own development experience, we understand that there is no single model of development that is applicable to all. Thus, we believe that the SDGs should focus on bringing concrete and substantive improvements, and that countries should be free to pursue the goals in whatever manner they choose.


Singapore has been sharing our experience on sustainable development with fellow developing countries through technical assistance under the Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP). Since 1992, we have trained more than 100,000 officials in areas such as sustainable urban management and water management. Nonetheless, the unprecedented scale and ambition of the 2030 Agenda require renewed commitment and enhanced partnership from all stakeholders.

To support our fellow developing countries in their implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, Singapore launched the Sustainable Development Programme (SDP) under the SCP. We aim to do this by building capacity at three levels:

1.    Collaborating with the Singapore-based UN Development Programme Global Centre for Public Service Excellence to jointly offer programmes on good governance and public sector leadership for senior officials. We conducted the first run of this programme titled “Transformational Leadership for the 2030 Agenda” from 16 to 20 May 2016 and have committed to support additional runs. 

2.    Developing a multi-year capacity building programme on sustainable urbanisation.

3.    Partnering reputable Singaporean NGOs to conduct pilot projects in water and sanitation in regional countries.   

More information on the SDGs can be found on the official UN SDGs website.

Last updated: October 2016