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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: From Agenda to Action


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the centrepiece of a new global agreement on what society seeks to become over the next fifteen years. This agreement envisages a world free from poverty and deprivation, and where the fundamental conditions for human prosperity—healthy ecosystems, a stable climate, and a clean environment—are safely maintained. However, the SDGs do not offer a plan for how to achieve such laudable objectives. This book joins a timely discussion on how the SDGs can be implemented. It deals with how the globally agreed goals can be adapted to national and local circumstances, and what actions can pave the way for achieving them. More specifically, the book focuses on how reforms in governance—the way in which authority is exercised and decisions are taken and executed—can bring the SDG agenda into action.


Executive Summary(EN)

Executive Summary(JP)

Chapter 1:
Governing the Sustainable Development Goals: Closing the gap between aspiration and action

Chapter 2:
How governance affected progress on the Millennium Development Goals: A quantitative analysis

Chapter 3:
Trends in the international sustainable development policy discourse: Compliance, collaboration or both?

Accountability for financing the Post-2015 agenda: Lessons from earlier agreements

Chapter 5:
The role of education in the sustainable development agenda: Empowering a learning society for sustainability through quality education

Chapter 6:
The role of water security in achieving the SDGs: Realising synergies, balancing trade-offs

Chapter 7:
How the sustainable development goals can complement existing legal instruments: The case of biodiversity and forests

Chapter 8:
Achieving the multiple benefits of a sustainable development goal for energy

Chapter 9:
Conclusions: Bringing the agenda into action

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