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Kumi Naidoo: SDGs and Transformation in a Context of Institutional Failure

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On 31 May, Rosemary Kalapurakal, Kumi Naidoo and Per Olsson hosted a discussion about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and transformation. The discussion focused on the implications of transformation research for the implementation of the SDGs, particular SDG-17 – "Partnerships for the Goals" – the only goal that explicitly addresses how nations will meet these sustainability targets.

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Kumi Naidoo: SDGs and Transformation in a Context of Institutional Failure

  1. 1. SDG’S AND TRANSFORMATION IN A CONTEXT OF INSTITUTIONAL FAILURE KUMI NAIDOO CHAIR PERSON, AFRICANS RISING FOR JUSTICE PEACE AND DIGNITY 31 MAY 2017
  2. 2. CAN WE EXPECT THE TRANSFORMATION TO COME FROM INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE ILL EQUIPPED AND UNDEMOCRATIC AND NON-TRANSPARENT? • The current institutional architecture is flawed on far too many levels • Ex. The World Economic Forum, talk about inequality, but they have benefited form inequality. • So how do we solve this systemic structural problem? • New forms of institutions need to be created. Stepping away from monolithic institutions with centralised values and ways of enacting change. Breaking out of our Silos. • Decentralised, leaderful movements, such as what we witnessed in North Africa during the Arab revolutions in 2010, can be a powerful model for change.
  3. 3. HOW CHANGE HAPPENS Boiling Point, Can Citizen Action Change the World, Kumi Naidoo, 2010
  4. 4. THE MOST IMPORTANT SDG TO TACKLE IS INEQUALITY • In order to solve the crisis that we see unfolding in the world today, Goal 10 is the most important SDG. • Affluenza • SGD’s as a contradictory package. • “The SDGs’ contradictory relationship to growth extends to its approach to global poverty. The Zero Draft promotes growth as the main solution to poverty, but this relationship is highly tenuous. Of all the income generated by global GDP growth between 1999 and 2008, the poorest 60 percent of humanity received only 5 percent of it. Given the existing ratio between GDP growth and the income growth of the poorest, it will take 207 years to eliminate poverty with this strategy, and to get there, we will have to grow the global economy by 175 times its present size.” – The Rules.org

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