SEI Executive Director Johan Kuylenstierna on why the SDGs matter
The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals are the outcome of an unprecedented process of international cooperation and consultation. The 2030 Agenda reflects a new international consensus that economic, social and environmental developments are inextricably linked and interdependent.
The new agenda marks a sea change in how the international community approaches common challenges. Most notably, it voices the clear recognition by all UN member states – rich and poor, developed and developing – that we need to effect a transformation in the way we interact with our planet and with each other, in the next 15 years. And crucially, it demands change from the rich, developed countries: not just in how they give, but in how they live.
Agenda 2030 has its origins in the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The Rio+20 outcome document, The Future We Want, called for development of a set of sustainable development goals that would be integrated, universal, and transformative.
A founder member of the Independent Research Forum (IRF2015), SEI has supported the development of Agenda 2030 ever since the SEI Research Report Energy for a Shared Development Agenda, which was written as an input to the Rio+20 and directly addresses issues of common governance.
- The Independent Research Forum (IRF2015), the main vehicle for SEI’s scientific support to the development of Agenda 2030 since 2013.
- Supporting implementation
- A nexus approach
- Water, sanitation and the SDGs
- Other activities
- Map the interactions between Sustainable Development Goals
- Follow-up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals: alignment vs. internalization (Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law)
- Beyond Cockpit-ism: Four Insights to Enhance the Transformative Potential of the Sustainable Development Goals (Sustainability)
Blogs and op-eds
- Policy integration: don't break down those silos just yet
- Three keys to making sustainable development a reality
- How science should feed into the 2030 Agenda
- Translating the SDGs to high-income countries: integration at last?
- 5 ways to help fund the Sustainable Development Goals
- Taking action: why national ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals is vital to success
- 2030-agendan är spikad – nu krävs nytänkande även i Sverige
- A Draft Framework for Understanding SDG Interactions
- The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies to Foster the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); brief
- Forskningens roll för att förverkliga den nya hållbarhetsagendan (The role of science in realizing the new sustainable development agenda; in Swedish)
- Sustainable Development Goals for Sweden: Insights on Setting a National Agenda
- The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies to Foster the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- From Global Vision to Country Action: Post-2015 Development Strategies and Food Security in Zambia