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.



Name/Contact NameIndividual/Organization/Company/GroupCountryAction Statement
Paulo ReisAgência UFRJ de InovaçãoBrazil

The HUB UFRJ is a networked laboratory of experimental projects, that brings together students from various areas of knowledge of our university - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro / Brazil - under the logic of the maker culture, focusing on social, integrative, commercial, technological and entrepreneurial actions. These are projects that occur outside the classroom space, serving as a place for interconnection between research laboratories, experimentation, knowledge generation and multilevel integration. It is, therefore, a social, institutional and technological innovation.

Dave PottsUnited Kingdom

I plan to apply and promote the principles of the Oslo manifesto.

Liv Siri SyvertsenNorway

I plan to take action by always having a holistic and long-term mindset in my job as an urban planner. In my daily life I will bike more and use less resources!

Madelene skogNorway

Make my work sustainable and good for everyone.

Peter Selmer-EideREBEL LIGHTNorway

This is maybe the most important issue of our time - and we will do our part! Step by step - we will make a change.

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.

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