/The Oslo Manifesto

The SDGs are a design brief for the 21st century.

On 25 September 2015, when the 193 Member States of the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs) they also created the world’s most demanding design brief.

/The SDGs are “universal”: this means they apply to every nation, every sector, every business, every profession, including design and architecture.

/The SDGs are about “integration”: this means they demand a new emphasis on a systemic approach that does not sacrifice environmental and social considerations to economic gain, but rather seeks for true synergies and solutions that benefit people, nature, and prosperity.

/Finally, the SDGs are about “transformation”: this means they challenge us to rethink the way we live, to rebuild all the systems that are degrading ecological and human health — and to make our world sustainable.

/In sum, the SDGs are the ultimate design and architecture challenge: how do we create, and recreate, a world that achieves all 17 of the visionary goals that have now been agreed to by all the world’s nations?

And how do we achieve this by the year 2030?

The designers, architects, and creative professionals of the world have been handed a special and enormous responsibility, given to them by the 193 heads of state. They must imagine and bring to life the design elements of a new, sustainable world — quickly.


How can this design contribute to the goal of ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere?


How can this design contribute to ending hunger and encouraging the transition to sustainable agriculture?


How can this design help ensure healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages?


How can this design support quality education and lifelong learning?


How can this design advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls?


How can this design help ensure the sustainable management of water and universal access to sanitation?


How can this design contribute to a sustainable energy transition?


How can this design promote decent work for all?


How can this design advance sustainable industrialization and innovation, especially in those places that do not have access to modern industry?


How can this design help to reduce inequality within and among countries?


How can this design make our cities more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable?


How can this design transform production and consumption patterns, to make them more sustainable?


How can this design be part of the urgent action that is needed to combat climate change and its impacts?


How can this design be part of caring for our oceans and seas?


How can this design help to protect and restore ecosystems and preserve biodiversity?


How can this design contribute to the development peaceful, inclusive, and just societies?


How can this design advance the global partnership needed to achieve all of these goals?


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By signing the Oslo Manifesto you make a commitment to bringing a sense of caring for the whole world to every design project you undertake, as well as to the process of lifelong learning about the way design impacts our world, its lifeforms, and its systems.

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Design Goals

Name/Contact NameIndividual, organization, company or group?CountryAction Statement
Bonaventura Visconti di ModroneABVM StudioItaly

Now that we have signed the Oslo manifesto, our practice is even more committed in finding new innovative solution to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With every project we try to help those who are working to achieve the same.

Jatinder ThethyInnovative Planning & Design Consultants (IPDC)Kenya

The IPDC Edge programme is IPDC's approach to investing in the firms desired future and vision of the built environment. Built on the principles of sustainability and social purpose, the IPDC Edge initiative aims to empower future generations of
architects and built environment, design professionals, with the knowledge they need to design attractive buildings and engaging places, that foster the health and wellbeing of people and communities. Being a signatory to the Oslo Manifesto, bolsters this commitment for the firm.

Sherif GoubranConcordia UniversityCanada

My research seeks to use SDGs as the organizing principle for analyzing architecture design.

Haike Bolleransicht KommunikationsagenturGermany

Rising above the current context. Keep growing and unfolding.

Matthias TritschTritsch MarketingGermany

My clients benefit from aesthetics and ethics in communication. It starts with a sustainable design and does not stop with climate-neutral printing. Combining design with ecology is fun for me and brings my customers real added value.


Working consciously

Jenny BartzJenny Bartz | OneDeskOfficeGermany

Now that I have signed the Oslo Manifesto, I plan to take action by supporting regional businesses and institutions, being aware of my own CO2-Footprint, using available resources wisely and reducing and refusing waste.


Designing responsible, ethical and authentic ecotourism experiences are a core component to bringing greater awareness to the global environmental plight. My company is committed to doing this.

Giselle BlankensteinIndividualBrazil

My PhD thesis was about Pharmaceuticals disposal on a sustainable point of view. One of my recomendations is rethink the design of pharmaceutical's package and the design of pharmaceutical's services (specially on drugstores). Since them, I have an Instagram showing bad packages (easily broken, with disproportion between the size of the package and its content). @farmaciadomestica is an open and free data base of what is not working and designers could help to change, it's a permanent campaing and welcome any picture of bad experience consuming products to improve health.

Dr Carine LallemandindividualFrance

I plan to keep promoting ethics in design, both as a teacher and a practitioner, and to work on how one can design for a more inclusive, sustainable and caring world.

Hans Christian AsmussenNATiONDenmark

Spread the word in the design business

Juan MadrigalIndividualColombia

Taking into account every part of the process of designing and producing digital media, products or services. Being ethical about what kind of product or service are we creating. Being inclusive and always think about how can this benefit people.

DEMANGE StephenFrance

Design is one of the key practices that can help building a sustainable world both for us humans and our eco-system. My goal is to use Design Thinking approaches to invent creative solutions that can solve big problems inherent to our current unsustainable model: biodiversity collapse, global warming, plastic pollution, agriculture model, energy saving, transportation, retail ... I intend to make these questions a systemic approach to my work in the field of digital innovation.

Jelto von SchuckmannIndividualFrance

I believe that sustainable design is not a choice but an imperative.

Prasanta Kr DuttaIndividualIndia

In the digital age, sustainable development in any field requires proper usage of information. And with big data comes great responsibilities. Not only do we need to apply systems level thinking to how we deal in information, but also use it to render appropriate services to those that need them. And given that information is power, we should also be careful about who controls and wields it. A truly free and empowered world is one where the power is not held by one but all - a decentralised system of the people, by the people and for the people. Also, we should not hesitate to understand and embrace new technologies.

Dunja KarabaicökoRAUSCH Think Tank for Design & SustainabilityGermany

The ökoRAUSCH Think Tank invites you to approach creativity with sustainability and to turn knowledge into action!

Gwendolyn KulickWuppertal University & Germn University Cairo, Berlin CampusGermany

I hope to find opportunities to try and apply strategies for new collaboration formats on the grassroots level in Pakistan and beyond – which is the area I engage with in my current design research.

Jeremy FaludiFaludi DesignUnited States

Continuing to teach sustainable design and engineering.


Now that I have signed the Oslo Manifesto, I am looking forward to continue advancing the SDGs through my research in design for social innovation. I am particularly committed to #17 and the goal of forging global partnerships that are enriched by design knowledge and agency.

Kristina FriskSVID,Swedish Industrial Design FoundationSweden

Design is an obvious driving force for sustainable development. With the aim to lead the way to a circular and sustainable environment, SVID works with innovative projects to find long term solutions for people and planet, in accordance with the SDGs.

Alexis Maestre SaboritAlexis Maestre SaboritUnited States

My Support to the Oslo Manifesto.
Alexis Maestre Saborit.

Christian LeborgLeborgNorway

Teach professionals how to succeed with their innovation/entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship through empathy, systems thinking, improvisation, making and lifelong-learning

Juan GerscovichIndustry of All NationsUnited States

It's not what we do but how we do it.

Thorsten PerlBioInspiration.euGermany

Thank you so much for this initiative. The SDGs are nice to have, but they have to fill with ideas, applications, inspirations, action for more visibility.
We should reinvent our relationship with nature and ask ourself, what would nature do?
Peace be upon you always!
Thorsten Perl
Founder & CTO BioInspiration.eu
Co-Founder Biomimicry Germany

Eline Strøm-GundersenEGGS DesignNorway

Now that we have signed we plan to take action by further developing sustainability and the field of circular economy as one of our key focus areas in our business development.

Name/Contact NameIndividual, organization, company or group?CountryAction Statement

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