AUTHOR: PAULA LUCCY AND STEVEN LALLY
PUBLISHER: OVERSEES DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2016
The Entry of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established a new round of development targets for the world to meet by 2030. Following from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the SDGs, with more ambitious goals are expected to be implemented across all countries; social impact based organizations; firms; companies; institutions and individuals.
This report documents the authors’ views on the progress of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1000 days after adoption.
Based on the account of Paula and Steven in the report, the first days of SDG implementation were critical, with initial actions taken by governments, civil societies and the private sector, setting the foundation for success or failure in the years to come. The authors note that a closer look at recent top-performing countries shows that if others were able to make similar rates of progress, the world would get much closer to reaching the goals even before the target time (2030).
Further in view of this work, the SDGs, in comparison to the MDG framework have been seen to place greater emphasis on bringing together the growth, poverty and environmental agendas and, more generally, on identifying links between the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
‘Starting Strong: The First 1000 Days of The SDGs’ expose the distinctive impact that has been featured in the SDGs compared to the MDGs, which entails leaving no one behind in the implementation processes; this, the authors believe has been vivid since the outset of the adoption. Moreover, the idea that ‘no goal should be met unless it is met for everyone’ is well established in the rhetoric around the new goals.
This report has made it clear that the whole implementation process is a means to ensure that every individual achieves the full package of rights and opportunities embedded in the SDGs in all possible areas of human wellbeing.