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Success Of SDGs Requires Sustained International Commitment, Strong Accountability Mechanisms

Project Syndicate: Another Great Leap Forward for Development
Javier Solana, president of the ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics and distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution

“…Without strong accountability mechanisms, the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] will amount to little more than an exercise in raising awareness, effectively subordinating the health, dignity, and prosperity of all humanity to short-term national interests. The upcoming SDG summit, which will bring together the largest concentration of heads of state and government in the history of the U.N., presents the ideal opportunity to establish such mechanisms. The SDGs are extremely ambitious. With a sustained commitment from all countries, developed and developing alike, the world can ensure that it celebrates another great leap forward in 2030” (8/27).