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In September 2015, Member States of the United Nations formally agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Agenda strives for a world that is peaceful, just, equitable and inclusive. It commits to achieving sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection, and to protecting human rights.

The Agenda calls for “[…] coherent and integrated support to the implementation of the new Agenda by the United Nations development system.”

Responding to this call, the United Nations Development Group has adopted a common approach to supporting Member States in meeting SDG commitments. Known as MAPS, for Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support, it focuses on policy coherence and multistakeholder engagement, based on partnerships, evidence and accountability.