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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: Employee Development, Diversity, and Inclusion

How the IDEA Attribute Aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

The United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon by 193 States Members in 2015 and provide a global framework to address sustainability challenges facing the planet. Public gardens through their collections, displays, research, education, and outreach programs can significantly contribute to the SDG goals and targets.

The Public Gardens Sustainability Index is intended to share examples of how gardens are contributing to specific SDG goals and to inspire gardens to advance their own garden programs to further the mission of their institution while connecting to local, national, and global sustainability efforts. This Index is a first step guide on how to “get started” with implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from 2015. It aims to help gardens of all sizes and governance models understand the SDG Agenda, to start an inclusive dialogue on SDG implementation, and to prepare SDG-based local or national development strategies (or align existing plans and strategies with the goals). This is a great resource for those interested in better understanding the SDGs and how your institution can contribute by thinking about ways to implement some of these strategies. 


    United Nations Sustainable Development Goal logo, 4 quality education. Dark red with book and pencil.

    Quality Education (SDG 4):

    Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.




    United Nations Sustainable Development Goal logo, 5 gender inequality. Red orange with gender equality sign (equal sign with male and female sign surrounding).

    Gender Equality (SDG 5):

    Women are still underrepresented in managerial positions. In the majority of the 67 countries with data from 2009 to 2015, fewer than a third of senior- and middle-management positions were held by women.



    United Nations Sustainable Development Goal logo, 10 reduce inequalities. Pink with equal sign surrounded by arrows.

    Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10):

    The least developed countries and small island developing States continue to require additional assistance to ensure that they share in the benefits of sustainable development. Gardens need to work to ensure immigrant workers and students from all over the global are afforded equal opportunities to learn and participate despite language and cultural barriers. 



    The SDG framework provides a helpful point of reference to demonstrate the fundamental importance of plants for the planet and their importance to the environment, economy, and human health. The Association is dedicated to sharing resources that provide updates on the SDGs, particularly those that impact our industry and members.

    Resources that the Association has on the UN SDGs from past conferences and from external sources: