/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
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.

Aida Cortes LopezNorway

I plan to contribute to the goals in every single project I work with.

Robert J. CiprianoThe AllHumanity GroupUnited States

AllHumanity Group creates the consortiums between all stakeholders and guide each, as a team, to completing projects that fulfill the 17 SDGS. AllHumanity Group, is at the nexus of all things humanitarian between NGO's (non-governmental organizations), IGO'S (international governmental organizations) and the charitable/non-profit global mega communities on a single platform providing transparency and accountability in donor fund management, grant management, humanitarian processes and logistics, technology implementation & introduction, humanitarian social networking and unique content gathering & presentation as it pertains to providing humanitarian relief globally. Integration as the AllHumanity Group Hybrid Ideal. The organization of the commercial and social sectors has long been governed by an assumption of independence between commercial revenue and social value creation. For more than a century, activities necessary to create commercial revenue, it was assumed, could not substantially affect or improve on social welfare, and vice versa. Thus most organizations that sought to pursue social value and commercial revenue simultaneously pursued differentiated strategies.

Sebastian FeuchtGermany

We need more resource-lightweight products and solutions

gode klingemannGermany

More sustainable graphic and web design! "Do more with less."

Jesse McCrumJesse McCrumUnited States

introducing this to Austin Community College

Anne WildengBryn Aarflot ASNorway

I plan to promote the principles of the Oslo Manifesto.

Stefan MaasIndividualGermany

As industrial designers and innovation mentors we are involved in the planning and development of new products and services. We appreciate this initiative very much and see it as a source of inspiration and communication.

Daniel UllrichIndividualGermany

Think global – act local! Let's design a better future together! The 17 goals are a great opportunity to develop human rights, environmental protection and a economy beside maximimum profits and growth.

Partners for the Land & Agricultural Needs of Traditional PeoplesOrganizationBrazil

Humankind is an inclusive, integral part of the Earth Community. Not above it or separate from it. Humankind must learn to live in full harmony with the entire Earth Community, and enshrine harmony in all of its legal, social, political, economic, educational and religious institutions, customs and behaviours.

Richard BruskowskiGermany

Designing to create value, with a holistic perspective.

Albert DUBLERAlbert DUBLERFrance

Taking part in a think tank in Seoul, Korea on city resilience with members of UIA (International Union of Architects) from all around the world

Maren MuellerSAP DesignGermany

I want to raise awareness for the SDGs, and find a way for SAP Design to contribute. I will also make a connection between the SDGs and the solutions coming out of Impact Week, a non-profit program which unites change makers from a variety of countries to develop sustainable business models using Design Thinking. I continue to support this program with my network, and want to make new solutions happen where both big corporates, entrepreneurs and universities benefit from.

Carles MercaderIndividualSpain

To diffuse the Oslo Manifesto in my radius of influence and inside the organization where I work.

Anne Britt TorkildsbyNorwegian Research Laboratory for Universal Design; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Norway

I promise to do everything in my power to make sure the world of tomorrow is a better place to be than the world of today! Sustainability; be it economic, social, and/or environmental, is the key!!

Marte DjupeslandJust Fashion ASNorway

Continuing our work with all our design-partners to step by step innovate and make changes for the better in all parts of production from seed to product

karoline hestnesA/BARENESS // Slow Fashion ASNorway

Will surely continue our work with A/BARENESS in Nepal, taking an active part in Fashion Revolution Norway and Nepal and to keep expanding our give-back project #CoolKidsNeedCleanWater// Implementing social and environmental responsibility in all aspects of our business to contribute to reach the SDG's for a sustainable, clean and fair fashion industry @abarenessfashion // @fashrevnorway

Peter Herud JørgensenMHJ-Konsulent og Prosjektledelse asNorway
Kelly ArendseCape Craft and Design InstituteSouth Africa

Through the value of design, surface local innovations to pressing or persistent socio-economic challenges

Lise Merethe TraranIndividualNorway

I promise that the e-books I make/design for childrens education will continue to be lifelong learning.

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

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