The UN DSDG translates decisions of UN intergovernmental bodies on sustainable development into actual policies and actions and informs them on the relevance and impact of normative and analytical efforts at the national, regional and global levels.

In collaboration with other UN entities and country teams, it focuses on supporting UN member states in preparing their voluntary national reviews.  It also builds capacity for integrated planning and policy design, linking key sectoral areas to the national planning process.

DSDG works to mobilize organizations to support sustainable development strategies and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.