/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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Design Goals

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

Tom MorganANTINorway

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. - Buckminster Fuller

Hilde Kvivik KavliEmergence ProjectsNorway


Jane AndrewIndividualAustralia

Ensuring that university students that I teach in my interdisciplinary project program understand the impact of their design decisions and strive to contribute to equitable and environmentally sustainable solutions to challenges faced by our communities.

Neil GoldbergPraxis DesignUnited States

Writing a book about design consciousness - the consciousness that emerged in us over 2 million years of evolution to shape our technologies to fit our humanity: mind, body and spirit. This manifesto is an expression of that consciousness and its principals need to enter the cultural mainstream.

Daria SchonenbergResidentialUnited Kingdom

"As an interior architectural designer and design manager, with all projects, I work directly with the location and unique features of an area, breaking the boundary between the interior and exterior, taking advantage of nature in every way possible, foremost considering its conservation and preservation. My motto in design is, “keep the space simple and sustainable - yet elegant, with nature’s tranquility at the heart of the design.” - Daria Schonenberg

Thomas AndersenNorway

To consider sustainability in the design work and leadership I perform.

Katinka von der LippeIndividualNorway

I´m in.

Francesca Cecilia LucianoStudentUnited Kingdom

Designers CAN save the world with a poster.

Robert IrwinIndividualUnited States

To continue to use design as a tool for the moral obligations we have as designers to speak for the people through our creative pursuits and solution-making.

Tore ForsbergTore ForsbergNorway

Continue to establish traditional woodwork as they knew how to do.

James McKayNorway

As a designer I believe I have a moral responsibility to make the world a better place. I am lucky enough to have opportunities that allow me to affect the lives of many people, and I choose to do my best to improve their lives, in whatever form my work may take. I will continue to do so throughout my professional career, and I will now be more mindful of the points laid out in The Oslo Manifesto.

Paal HolterEGGS Design ASNorway

I will use my influence to move creative consultants towards a "silent revolution". This means affecting our clients in a sustainable direction, even when this is not the main objective of our projects. We will start measuring and market effects both related to the projects' original objectives, and the sustainability goals.

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

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