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Though ‘Fine-Tuning’ Warranted, SDG Development Process Should Be Lauded

The Economist: Worthy of support
Amar Bhattacharya, senior fellow at the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, and Homi Kharas, senior fellow and deputy director of the program

“…The question is whether the 17 goals and 169 targets in the draft [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] are an ambitious response to global challenges or an unwieldy mess. We believe that while fine-tuning can be done, it is important not to throw the baby out with the bathwater. The SDGs are worthy of support. … It is important to appreciate the political process that has led to this draft. Like all democratic processes, the result may be messy and leave many dissatisfied, but it reflects compromise and a desire for consensus. At a time when so much of the world is caught up in divisions and conflict, a truly global effort to create a better life for all and a sustainable future for our planet is a cause to celebrate not denigrate” (4/8).