Aligning with Sustainable Development Goals

Committing to the United Nations’ SDGs

New Zealand has committed to making progress towards sustainable development. It has also committed to measuring and tracking a series of indicators that relate to the 17 international Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the United Nations in 2015.

These goals cover the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social, and environmental.


* This indicates a direct mapping to an SDG indicator

UN Sustainable Development Goal 1 - No poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere 

Child poverty*

Low Income


Costs of extreme weather events


UN Sustainable Development Goal 7- Affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 

Energy intensity*

Energy resources

Renewable energy*

Energy consumption


UN Sustainable Development Goal 15 - Life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss 

Biodiversity/native species

Ecological integrity

Efficiency of land use

Land assets

Productive land

Soil health

Cultural ecosystem services

Provisioning ecosystem services

Regulating ecosystem services

Quality of water resources

Active stewardship of land


UN Sustainable Development Goal 17 - Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development 

Foreign direct investment

Official development assistance*

Remittances to other countries*