Integration: the key to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Stafford-Smith, Mark, Griggs, David, Gaffney, Owen, Reyers, Belinda, Kanie, Norichika, Shrivastava, Paul, Ullah, Farooq, Stigson, Bjorn, Leach, Melissa and O'Connell, Deborah, (2016). Integration: the key to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainability Science, (11), 1-9

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    Author Stafford-Smith, Mark
    Griggs, David
    Gaffney, Owen
    Reyers, Belinda
    Kanie, Norichika
    Shrivastava, Paul
    Ullah, Farooq
    Stigson, Bjorn
    Leach, Melissa
    O'Connell, Deborah
    Title Integration: the key to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals
    Appearing in Sustainability Science
    Issue No. 11
    Publication Date 2016-07-18
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher Springer Nature
    Start page 1
    End page 9
    Language eng
    Abstract On 25 September 2015, world leaders met at the United Nations in New York, where they adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. These 17 goals and 169 targets set out an agenda for sustainable development for all nations that embraces economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection. Now, the agenda moves from agreeing the goals to implementing and ultimately achieving them. Across the goals, 42 targets focus on means of implementation, and the final goal, Goal 17, is entirely devoted to means of implementation. However, these implementation targets are largely silent about interlinkages and interdependencies among goals. This leaves open the possibility of perverse outcomes and unrealised synergies. We demonstrate that there must be greater attention on interlinkages in three areas: across sectors (e.g., finance, agriculture, energy, and transport), across societal actors (local authorities, government agencies, private sector, and civil society), and between and among low, medium and high income countries. Drawing on a global sustainability science and practice perspective, we provide seven recommendations to improve these interlinkages at both global and national levels, in relation to the UN’s categories of means of implementation: finance, technology, capacity building, trade, policy coherence, partnerships, and, finally, data, monitoring and accountability.
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0383-3
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