Can the Sustainable Development Goals Deliver after 2015?
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been shaping the global development agenda for over a decade. With the target date of 2015 fast approaching, determining a new development agenda has become an urgent priority for the international community. Following an agreement by Member States at the Rio+20 summit in 2012, a process has been launched to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a successor framework to come into effect after the MDGs expire. The new goals are to address the multiple crises facing humanity through a more inclusive process, aiming for equal treatment of the economic, social and environmental dimensions in the implementation.
This issue of Dimensions contributes to the debate on the SDGs and, as always, offers a platform for discussion and opinions. We welcome your thoughts and comments in letters to the editor () and hope you enjoy the read!
More than ever, individuals and societies across oceans and continents are intricately connected and interdependent. The SDGs must acknowledge this reality, and include universal goals for sustainability to complement national targets.
Jens Martens | Read more
With extreme disaster events becoming increasingly common, the architects of sustainable development should look to integrated risk governance research for help in management and mitigation.
Qian Ye and Peijun Shi | Read more
UNEP’s Executive Director Achim Steiner explains how innovative new partnerships between actors across the social, economic and environmental spheres will be key to building the global consensus needed for a successful Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Achim Steiner | Read more
Rather than concoct new wish lists of development goals, countries would be better served to agree first on the elements of inclusive and sustainable growth, and commit to national efforts based on these.
Leisl J. Neskakis, Dorothea Hardt and Anantha K. Duraiappah | Read more