In 2015, leaders of 193 countries, including Ireland, came together at a big meeting in the United Nations to look at the most serious problems facing the world. They spoke about what had been achieved by countries working together since the year 2000 to fight poverty, but also how there were still a lot of problems facing our world. They came up with a new plan to rid the world of poverty and hunger, to fight injustice, and to protect the environment. These leaders of both rich and poor countries wanted to make a better life for all people now and in the future. This is a big job which will take time, so they agreed on a list of Goals to be achieved by the world by 2030 (what age will you be in 2030?). They have called these goals the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
All 193 countries have promised to work really hard together to achieve these 17 Goals.