The 2030 Agenda

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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.

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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 SEI ResearchReport EnergyForASharedDevelopmentAgenda 2012 75x109integrated, 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.

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