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UN 2030 SDG Goals & Our Icons

The United Nations’ work on sustainable development has been an inspiration to us since Day 1. Now, the UN has a new way of clearly setting out goals. We applaud this breakthrough on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs!

We have matched our award-winning icons to these 17 Global Goals. There's a PDF to download and share below, in English and French. At this page,, there's a slide deck about the products we have created to date, plus inclusive SDG concepts we would like to co-develop, too.

We look forward to comments about this initial matching of goals and icons. Let’s consider how we can all help achieve these goals in a practical way. We want to hear from you. Contact us here.

Our community of practice is growing, and there are already several Green Mapmakers in Victoria BC, Cornwall UK, Geneva CH, New York and Baltimore US contributing to this process. We thank Ken Josephson of UVic for creating the newest chart (below) Nicola Furey, Green Swiss's Director, who brought this chart to G3iD, the Geneva Global Goals Innovation Day Fair, and other events. More about this important topic by our senior advisor, Dr. Robert Zuber, Executive Director of Global Action to Prevent War, and from Dominica Williamson of the Coral Communities project:

How can Green Mapping contribute to the UN 2030 Development Agenda?

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) recently assessed the resources, infrastructure and innovations needed to fulfill the promises to future generations embedded in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UN leadership understands that this promise can only be achieved with these factors in play: reliable funding from domestic and overseas sources; comprehensive data separated by age, race, gender and disability; courageous leadership that can inspire the hard work of sustainable change; hopeful practices at local and regional levels; and tools that can promote direct involvement by communities worldwide.

The organization Green Map System and its far flung global partners are particularly well suited to contribute to these last requirements. From habitat restoration and new mobility resources to promoting green jobs and mitigating the most direct effects of climate change, Green Maps have helped communities around the world discover and promote hopeful existing resources while creating new opportunities for local engagement and service.

With its headquarters in New York, Green Map has long taken an active interest in UN affairs, doing its part to advocate, often through participation in major sustainability-related events at UN Headquarters and worldwide, for effective international action to promote climate health, protect habitats, encourage local sustainability action, and much more. Indeed, it was at the UN World Summit for Social Development in Copenhagen (1995) when the idea became reality, and the Green Map network first took shape!

The heart of Green Map remains its innovative iconography, a universal symbol set that covers a multitude of environmental, cultural and civic resources that are, each in their own way, indispensable to inclusive, peaceful and sustainable societies. The icons were conceived by Green Map founder Wendy Brawer as a globally designed visual language that could evolve along with our understanding of sustainability. The set includes evocative and culturally-specific contributions from map teams working in communities around the world. The icons have been used in 65 countries and over 950 projects.

The Global Goals – including its commitments on climate health, poverty reduction, youth employment and gender justice – will not come to fruition without a healthy infusion of talent, perspective and inspiration from our many communities of practice. It is easy (and exciting) to envision community-generated map projects that utilize a hybrid of Green Map and UN iconography to help promote the Sustainable Development Goals. As Green Map opens its icons, tools and engagement practices to stimulate wider community and institutional use, the prospect of maps that highlight these complementary images and methods is energizing! Green Map is both well positioned and committed to inspiring any number of fruitful contributions to these potentially planet-saving global goals.

Replies follow! Dr. Zuber also penned this Oceans & Peace commentary in June 2017

Connecting to SDG 14 - Life below Water

In Cornwall UK, eco-geographer and long-time Green Map network member Dominica Williamson is now working in her unique multimedia way with Plymouth Marine Laboratory. She is developing, along with PML and partners, an approach to working with communities that allows the more nuanced qualities of perceptual data to emerge. The communities are in the West Indian Ocean and so research is focusing on how people feel about their lives and livelihoods as they deal with Coral Reefs and Climate Change.

You can see a summary of this important work called Coral Communities in Mauritius and follow their developments at #coralcommunities. See more of Dom’s wonderful visualizations and community work at

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