In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly set 17 global goals to build a sustainable future for all people. The aim was to achieve these by 2030.
The UN has defined sustainable development as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Wikipedia).
Over a period of several decades, the UN has defined 169 targets for the 17 goals. Each target has 1-3 progress measures
- No Poverty – End poverty in all its forms.
- Zero Hunger – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
- Good Health and Well-being – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
- Quality Education – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
- Gender Equality – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
- Clean Water and Sanitation – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
- Affordable and Clean Energy – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.
- Decent Work and Economic Growth – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
- Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure – Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.
- Reducing Inequality – Reduce income inequality within and among countries.
- Sustainable Cities and Communities – Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
- Responsible Consumption and Production – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
- Climate Action – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy.
- Life Below Water – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
- Life On Land – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
- Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels,
- Partnerships for the Goals – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
The official UN site: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
A neat summary on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_Development_Goals
At its simplest level, a manifesto is a goal (a public declaration of your intent). In this case, the UN has provided a list of goals.
If the goal of your life or business is to forward the health of the planet for all, these 17 goals provide a connection point or context to anchor your actions.