The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce that its explainer video on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is now available in 8 languages.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Simpleshow Foundation, the Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development has produced an explainer video that explains the concept of sustainable development, its five dimensions, and the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), in less than 4 minutes.

Since its launch in March 2017, the English version of the video has been played 6,780 times and has received 22,000 impressions from 183 countries.

The explainer video is now available in the 6 official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) as well as in German and Portuguese. The 4-minute explainer video explains that the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are not merely items on a checklist. They represent a holistic approach to understanding and tackling development challenges by guiding us to ask the right questions at the right time. The video presents the five dimensions of sustainable development, building on the need to ensure sustained and inclusive economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection, and doing so in partnerships and peace. To truly achieve sustainable development, practitioners and policy-makers must consider the trade-offs and synergies created by their choices and understand how they connect with and impact each other.

Watch the explainer video in 8 languages.

Understanding the Dimensions of Sustainable Development

Comprendre les dimensions du développement durable

Понимание компонентов устойчивого развития.

Comprendamos las dimensiones del desarrollo sostenible


Entendendo as dimensões do Desenvolvimento Sustentável

Dimensionen nachhaltiger Entwicklung verstehen

تفهم أبعاد التنمية المستدامة

The UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development has also produced a 2-page primer on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which provides an accessible and comprehensible introduction to the 2030 Agenda for different audiences. The 2-page primer provides a brief description of the historical process that led to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, explains its core principles and the 5 dimensions, and touches upon the interlinkages between the SDGs. The primer is available in 3 languages and can be downloaded through the links below:

2-Page Primer on Sustainable Development

  • English: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Download)
  • French: Le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 (Download)
  • Russian : Повестка дня в области устойчивого развития на период до 2030 года (Download)

We have also launched an explainer video on Understanding the Human Security Approach, produced in partnership with United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security and Towards Agenda 2030, and another explainer video on Women’s Access to Justice, produced in partnership with UN Women. Want to develop an explainer video for your country team, agency or organisation? Please send us an email at

If you would like to support the subtitling of existing explainer videos, or are interested in translating our 2-page primer into other languages, please send us an email.

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