Governance for Sustainable Development Volume 4: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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The 2030 Agenda represents one of the most important sets of Global Goals that the international community has committed to. It is an unprecedented effort that embodies universal aspirations for achieving a more just, equitable, peaceful and sustainable future. It is an excellent example of successful multilateralism. This ambitious and unique exercise represents a paradigm shift in policy-making for sustainable development. It gives a roadmap by which we all, the UN, governments and stakeholders can work together to address the most pressing global challenges. In this context, the rule of law, as well as effective, robust, participatory and accountable institutions are of the utmost importance to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. This is the fourth book that the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development has produced in an effort to share widely the papers that have been presented at the workshops for member States to discuss. The Group of Friends recognises that there is an inextricable link between good governance and sustainable development and that, as the 2030 Agenda is implemented, governance challenges will need discussion and action at all levels and by all institutions.

The Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development were originally set up in 2010 to help member States prepare for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). They were re-established during the Open Working Group for the Post 2015 Agenda in 2014. The Friends group has since then continued to host workshops on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Group is chaired by the governments of Germany, Morocco, Nigeria, Republic of Korea and Romania.

This book was written and co-edited by David Banisar, Jamie Bartram, Marianne Beisheim, Steven Bernstein, Claire Blanchard, Elizabeth Dirth, Felix Dodds, Michael K. Dorsey, Jorge Fernandez-Quintela, Elizabeth Hege, Meriem El Hilali, Anne Kahl, Hyemi Kim, Verena Klinge-Dering, Gary Lawrence, Samuel Victor Makwe, Quinn McKew, Felipe Morgado, Ingeborg Niestroy, Gastón Ocampo, Cristina Popescu, Felipe Victoria, and Ruben Zondervan.

The book chapters are as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Justice, Peace, and Inclusion for Sustainability or Climate Apartheid? Michael K Dorsey
  • Chapter 2: Europe’s approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Ingeborg Niestroy, Elisabeth Hege, Elizabeth Dirth and Ruben Zondervan
  • Chapter 3: The Misaligned SDG targets: How to handle target dates before 2030, Felix Dodds, Jamie Bartram and Gastón Ocampo
  • Chapter 4: Options for the SDG Environment Targets Maturing in 2020, Claire Blanchard
  • Chapter 5: From numbers to action – how to leverage the 2030 Agenda reporting structure to accelerate SDG 16 implementation, Anne Kahl
  • Chapter 6: How can the High-Level Political Forum identify and deal with new and emerging issues? Cat Tully
  • Chapter 7: Sustainable Development Goals: Creating more actionable process outcomes, Gary Lawrence
  • Chapter 8: The Role of the German Council for Sustainable Development, Günther Bachmann
  • Chapter 9: The Basque Sustainable Bonds, Jorge Fernandez-Quintela
  • Chapter 10: Mobilizing business action to advance the 2030 Agenda: harnessing the potential of the UN Global Compact, Felipe Morgado
  • Chapter 11: The High-Level Political Forum Review 2020: An Opportunity to Fulfill the HLPF’s Mandate, Marianne Beisheim and Steven Bernstein