The SDG Acceleration Toolkit assists governments, UN country teams and development experts in accelerating achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A compendium of planning tools helps unlock bottlenecks and pinpoint essential links and trade-offs among the goals, realize the global pledge to leave no one behind and mitigate risks.

Tools include:

  • Diagnostics
  • Guidelines
  • Computer models and programmes
  • Programming methodologies
  • Monitoring indicators and indices
  • Financing instruments and funds
  • Technology access protocols
  • Training programmes, or communication, capacity building and knowledge management platforms;
  • Econometric models
  • Scenario builders
  • Forecasting and back-casting methodologies
  • Narrative (storytelling) guidelines

The toolkit guides a system-level understanding of the many interconnections among the SDGs, such as links across water, energy and food security. It does not delve into specific goals or sectors of development.


The toolkit was developed through research and a ‘call for tools’ sent out to UN and international development organizations around the world. It will be updated twice a year, in May and November, based on user submissions. To submit a tool click here.

Submissions are reviewed by a Toolkit Scoping Panel. The panel assesses whether or not submissions fit the defined scope of the toolkit, not their quality. On acceptance, additional information may be requested.

Tool suppliers are responsible for sending in annual updates and tools not updated will be removed after one year.


Three types of tools are grounded in the 2030 Agenda principle of ‘universality’.

Tools for analysing SDG links

Sustainable development requires thinking about the integration of issues from two perspectives. One entails links among social, economic and environmental dimensions. A second involves a spatial view, considering connections within and across countries, regions and the world as a whole.

In the SDG Acceleration Toolkit, integration tools analyse interconnections, synergies, trade-offs and bottlenecks. They include:

  • Indicator and assessment tools: frameworks, indicator sets and guidelines for measuring and tracking the current state and trends of SDGs across economic, social and environmental dimensions
  • Static interlinkage tools: for applying systems thinking to identify interconnections and nexuses; examples include the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus, and the water-energy-food security nexus, among others.
  • Dynamic simulation tools: for integrated analysis of policy impacts over time and geography, including for simulating nexus relationships

Last-mile analysis tools

Last-mile analysis tools support the SDG commitment to universality, both in the application of core principles and in the reach of progress. They help unlock bottlenecks that impede development for some groups, and aim at assisting the furthest behind first. They include:

  • Data revolution tools: for developing and using disaggregated data on economic, social and environmental issues, and tracking progress on the most excluded groups
  • Fragility assessment tools: for identifying and understanding fragile states
  • Vulnerability assessment tools: for identifying groups who are most excluded, and understanding the vulnerabilities of economic, social and environmental systems
  • Tools for financing the SDGs: for exploring the full range of potential financing mechanisms for reaching the furthest behind, at the national and sub-national levels
  • Human rights mainstreaming tools: for mainstreaming human rights-based approaches, and integrating dimensions such as disability, gender and women’s empowerment, indigenous issues, and age (children and the elderly), among others
  • Community-based planning and partnership/multistakeholder engagement tools: for applying people-centric, participatory processes in development planning, budgeting, programme implementation, and monitoring and review

Risk-informed planning tools

The SDGs cannot be pursued by assuming one size fits all. Different countries and communities face varying challenges. Mapping their vulnerabilities is key to efforts to enhance resilience to risk and sustain momentum on the SDGs over time. Risk-informed planning tools include:

  • Disaster risk reduction tools: for anticipating, responding to and building resilience for risks posed by natural and human-induced hazards and disasters, including costs and risks posed by climate change
  • Environmental degradation risk reduction tools: for anticipating, responding to and building resilience to environmental degradation, including in terms of climate change adaptation, and for understanding impacts on the SDGs
  • Peace and conflict analysis tools: for anticipating and understanding zones of conflict and protracted crisis, and ensuring that policies targeting SDGs are peace and conflict sensitive
  • Epidemic and pandemic analysis tools: for anticipating and responding to epidemics and pandemics, and understanding impacts on the SDGs
  • Economic forecasting tools: for anticipating and responding to economic shocks and understanding impacts on the SDGs
  • Tools for financing resilience: for exploring the full range of potential financing mechanisms for building resilience at the national and sub-national levels
  • Risk, foresight and scenario tools: for integrated and long-term planning and policy-making to achieve the SDGs