Revisiting the Sustainable Development Goals through Art

The International Geneva website invites you to take a fresh look at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by revisiting them through the lens of art.

Seventeen famous works of art for 17 goals. From the Renaissance to contemporary art, from Giorgione to Abdessemed and from Bruegel to Hazoumè, the artists we have selected speak to the challenges of the modern world. They offer a highly personal point of view, tinged at times with poetry, violence or irony. Beyond the usual statistics, they illustrate the emotions, suffering and contradictions underlying the SDGs. They invite us to question the exact nature of the goals set by the UN. In his painting of a young beggar, the Spanish artist Murillo contrasts the misery and squalor of his subject's situation with the child's grace and innocence. He thus offers a particular reading of poverty. Art also reminds us that our most valuable resource for achieving the SDGs by 2030 is our creativity. 

What is your favourite development goal or work of art? Share them on your social networks or join the conversation on Twitter #SDGsART and #GlobalGoals.

 

 

 

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    Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
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    Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
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    Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
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    Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
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    Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
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    Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
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    Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
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    Goal 8: Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
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    Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
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    Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
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    Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
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    Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
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    Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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    Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
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    Goal 15: Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
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    Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
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    Goal 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
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