5 Core Transformations Must Occur In Order To Achieve SDGs

Thomson Reuters Foundation: To achieve the SDGs we need to change five things
Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development

“…[H]ow can we map transformational change to the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)]? … I have already referred to the principle of universality — a transformation whereby our view of development is no longer about aid or other transfers to the poorest countries, but applies in all country contexts. … The second transformation is in the core framing of the goal set — … from human development in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to sustainable development. … The third transformation is towards equity and away from rising inequality at the country level. … And the fourth transformation is in the area of the catch-all SDG 16 on governance — and involves powerful countries in particular becoming far more effective at acting to prevent large-scale conflict. … The final over-arching transformation is at the level of national politics. … To maintain a progressive global stance will require attention to social inclusion at the national level. To protect human progress in any given country will require collective action between nations to ensure peace, prosperity, and a liveable planet. Achieving the transformation in national politics implied by the SDGs is the biggest challenge of all” (7/6).

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