Sustainable Development Goals and Aviation

The global aviation sector has a role to play in 15 of the 17 SDGs, some in small ways and others with much more significant influence.


No Poverty

UN Goal: end poverty in all its forms everywhere

Did you know?
UNICEF's airline partnership Change for Good has raised over $160 million by collection coins from passengers, helping to save and improve the lives of millions of children around the world


Zero Hunger

UN Goal: end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

Did you know?
More than 35,000 tonnes of food and commodities are delivered by air in 2019 to relieve victims of floods, conflict and health crises


Good Health and Well-being

UN Goal: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Did you know?
99% of Brazil's urgent medical shipments (including organs and blood) are sent by air, free-of-charge, through a project supported by 15 Brazilian airlines


Quality Education

UN Goal: ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Did you know?
4 million students travel abroad to study each year, many by air


Gender Equality

UN Goal: achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Did you know?
Women make up 41% of aviation employees in Europe (although a much lower percentage in technical roles). The industry is working hard to encourage greater workforce diversity


Clean Water and Sanitation

UN Goal: ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Did you know?
New 'dry wash' techniques for aircraft can reduce the use of water by 95% compared to traditional cleaning methods


Affordable and Clean Energy

UN Goal: ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Did you know?
160,000 commercial flights have already taken place using sustainable aviation fuel, with this number increasing rapidly


Decent Work and Economic Growth

UN Goal: promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Did you know?
Global air transport supported87.7 million jobs and $3.5 trillion in global economic activity, prior to Covid-19


Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

UN Goal: build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

Did you know?
In 2018, nearly $51.4 billion was invested in airport infrastructure, mostly in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe


Reduce Inequalities

UN Goal: reduce inequality within and among countries

Did you know?
An air ticket today costs around 70% less than it did in 1970, making the benefits of air travel more accessible to more people


Sustainable Cities and Communities

UN Goal: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Did you know?
21,187 unique city-to-city routes are served by the world's airlines, connecting urban centres and rural communities


Responsible Consumption and Production

UN Goal: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Did you know?
85% to 90% of today's aircraft (by weight) can be recycled


Climate Action

UN Goal: take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Did you know?
The average flight today produces 54% less CO2 that the same flight would have in 1990, thanks to new technology and improved efficiency


Life Below Water

UN Goal: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The main international airport of 26 of the world's 39 small island states is located on coastal land


Life on Land

UN Goal: protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and biodiversity and loss

Airlines and airports work with governments and environmental groups to prevent illicit wildlife trafficking


Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

UN Goal: promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Air transport has a specialised United Nations agency coordinating global standards and laws to ensure a safe, secure and sustainable sector: the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)


Partnerships for the Goals

UN Goal: strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Air transport with its global reach can only work through strategic partnerships and coordinated action, including with UN agencies and governments