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 transform production and consumption patterns, to make them more sustainable?


How can this design make our cities more inclusive, safe, resilient, and 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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Name/Contact NameIndividual/Organization/Company/GroupCountryAction Statement
Bert OdenthalOdenthal DesignGermany

I'm so lucky to join the Oslo Manifesto. For a long time I design for sustainable change. The SDGs will be a good compass for the next 15 years. Let's transform the world!

Aslak Juell KristensenAslak Juell KristensenNorway

Clean energy now! Cycle more! Eco and cycle economics!

Carl-Gustaf LundholmEGGS DesignNorway

In spite of various trends and events telling me otherwise I have always believed in a bright future. It will require hard work and some really painful prioritisations, but I think and hope that we will get there. I am striving to deliver on my vision in my daily work designing products and advising clients to make the right decisions. I believe design can have a powerful role in creating a better world, so let´s go create it.

Sara FosstvedtGlobal Goals GamesNorway

We believe saving the planet can be the most engaging and inspiring activity for all people- In their everyday life and work.
Businesses, organisations and individuals alike should seize such an opportunity to increase sustainable value creation and help solve the biggest challenges in our world today
The concept of Global Goals Games builds on the seventeen UN sustainability goals. The games will play out as the world’s greatest competition and common push towards saving the environment and quite frankly – the whole world from it’s current state of destruction and deterioration.
We believe that the type of proposed competition will provide an incentive and motivation to the citizens of the world to actively engage themselves to reach the SDGs – as local, national and international honour is in play.

E Heinrich-SanchezImagine if... Productions /World O.C.E.A.N.'s I Love CampaignsJapan

Creating awareness in schools between Okinawa (Ryukyu Is, Japan), Hawai-i , Denver, Colorado, Canary Islands, Spain. Not only elementary school students but MBA students and everyone in between needs to come aboard and make the 17 Global Goals part of their daily life.
We strive for a World Ocean Renaissance by 2033.

KyrreErlikpluss - Bærekraftig UtviklingNorway

We will continue to implementing sustainable design thinking in all of our projects!

Birgitta FontélDenmark

My philosophy in design is that working with industrial design we have a responsibility always to choose the most sustainable solution in both material and production, and to make sure that the design we produce is solving the problem it was created to solve sufficiently.
I will use design to help people, to solve real problems and to educate what i have learned to others.

Pernille Bachepernille bache DESIGNNorway

As a designer I have the possibility to contribute to a sustainable world, from the first thought of a product.

Rita WestvikUrbanFeed ASNorway

UrbanFeed delivers smart integrated blue-green units for LARGE SCALE PROCUCTION OF FISH AND GREENS.
Year round. In urban areas. In closed ecological environments. Zero emissions. 80% reduction of energy costs.

Marianne ZaitzowAffairNorway

Printing the manifesto and always looking at it when working on new projects. And involving our customers!

Ståle AlmenningSvaleNorway

... designing sustainable monuments to honour lived life after its over. Our goal is to make the customer journey and life cyclus of tombstones better for humans and the environment. We will begin with materiality assasment analysis, and from there, design new solutions.

Kristin Støren WigumGaia Trondheim, Product and System Design for SustainabilityNorway

Gaia Trondheim aims to increase the international relationships in projects and share experiences as well as gain new ones in broader contexts. "Two tonne living" societies is the hairy goal, with solutions that are creative and joyful - as well as smart combinations between low tech and high tech. As an individual I will keep on trying to shape my own everyday life closer to the dream of sustainable living!

Marc O'BrienThe DeterminedUnited States

The Determined partners with people working on gnarly social and environmental problems to take their moonshot idea and make it happen. We help them tell their stories in a clear and exciting way so that they influence the right people and get the support they need.

Alessandro Piana BiancoAlessandro Piana BiancoItaly

Enforce Human-Centered design principles on the projects I work on.

Sacha Saint-LegerCanada

My creations have always been in line with the Oslo manifesto. I look forward to the global movement it will inspire

Manuel QuirosSpain

I will teach and show the doc to all my students

Mugendi K. M'RithaaCPUTSouth Africa

I support The Oslo Manifesto ethos and encourage designers around the world to similarly commit themselves to uphold these significant goals in support of the SDGs.

Pablo SaizModulabSpain

Modulab is already working in providing and designing sustainable architecture. Now that signed the manifesto we are going to make our own 17 points about how we work or are gonna work to achieve these goals.

Bako AmbiandaGlobal Attain AdvancementUnited States

Take actions in supporting SDG 7, 8, and 17 by designing a business platform that will contribute to SDGs Agenda 2030 by playing an important contribution in enabling companies all around the world and global investors to access African markets at a one-stop shop facilitating international trade and investment partners.

Wanda GrimsgaardWanda GrimsgaardNorway

This is an important reminder and awareness of the designer's responsibility and power to make a difference in the local as well as global perspective, and a natural foundation in the education of future designers. I will do my best to communicate, teach and live by this manifesto.

YangYang ZhaoChina
Anant Bhaskar GargHaritaDhara Research Development and Education FoundationIndia

We are creating awareness and capacity building for SDGs. Educate youth, professionals, and community members for actions to reduce carbon footprints, take positive actions/handprints for sustainable living using technology, and design elements.

Stefan EcksteinECKSTEIN DESIGNGermany

Industrial Design. Challenger and Responsibility, as Industrial Designer and President of VDID -Association of german industrial Design, we acclaim the Initiative of the SDGS and the Oslo Manifesto. Years bevor we develop the VDID Codex of industrial designers, a Missions statement and ethical values of the Profession of Design.
As with members of other professions, industrial designers have
a supra-personal responsibility. They act in accordance with a societal mission. Its content has not yet been clearly formulated.
The VDID Codex of industrial designers describes how we understand this mission and which guiding principles we want to meet it with.
The VDID Codex of industrial designers serves as guidance for industrial designers. It is directed to companies and public institutions as contracting entities, to training facilities for design, to industry and its bodies as well as to politicians. As a matter of course, we also address other design institutions at home and abroad.
The VDID Codex is intended to contribute to the fact that industrial design will be utilised in an even more meaningful way and its potential will be exploited far more in the future - for society and industry, consumers and companies as well as designers themselves.
It offers far more than realised today.
…. If you have more interest about the VDID CODEX and association , you can download this on our Website - - or the best way , you will be register as member of VDID.
And work together on DESIGN for better life . Stefan Eckstein - President VDID

Davidya KasperzykA NW CollaborativeUnited States

Humane Design actions and advocacy in collaboration with my local, bioregional and global communities

Marius AndresenK8 industridesign ASNorway

On behalf of K8 I commit to the Oslo Manifest so that my generation won't mess up the world too much for my two daughters Ada (11) and Signy (9) and all generations to come. Designing physical products for mass production is not the best way to save the planet, but if we do it the least harmful way we can with lots of love an joy and the 17 sustainable development goals seriously taken into account, we might have a chance. Wish us luck:)

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