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Rosemary Kalapurakal: Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


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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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Rosemary Kalapurakal: Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

  1. 1. Rosemary Kalapurakal, Lead Advisor 2030 Agenda 31 May 2017 Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  2. 2. ©UNDP–Implementingthe2030Agenda Poverty and inequality Demography Dynamics: Population growth, ageing, migration, urbanization Environmental degradation & climate change Shocks and crises: Economic, financial, natural disasters, conflicts, disease Financing for development – Beyond ODA Technological innovations - Global Trends: Challenges and Opportunities in the Implementation of the SDGs (2017, UNDP/UNRISD) Development ‘Megatrends’ The Guardian: Man-made environmental degradation. Photograph: Blickwinkel/Alamy Stock Photo Great disruptive forces of the 21st century creating radically new future realities - the past provides decreasing guidance for what might happen in the future - UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence
  3. 3. ©UNDP–Implementingthe2030Agenda The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2016-2030) 17 SDGs and 169 targets  … build on the MDGs and complete their “unfinished business”  …focus on eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions …demonstrate scale and ambition  …are integrated & indivisible; balance economic, social environmental dimensions  …realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls  …apply to all countries and all stakeholders  …pledge to leave no one behind  …focus on reduction and management of risk “We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet”
  4. 4. ©UNDP–Implementingthe2030Agenda “Integrated & Indivisible” – Systems thinking • Today's problems come from yesterday's "solutions” • The easy way out usually leads back in • Small changes can produce big results...but the areas of highest leverage are often the least obvious • Dividing an elephant in half does not produce two small elephants - The Fifth Discipline (Senge 1990) • Personal, political and pragmatic spheres (Karen O’Brien) Implications for development actors - policy & programme focus, resources, partnerships, approaches Addressing complex interactions across social, economic and environmental determinants of sustainable development, identifying effective leverage points for interventions to achieve cross-sectoral targets and goals
  5. 5. ©UNDP–Implementingthe2030Agenda SDG 17 – Means of Transformation  Inclusive partnerships  Policy coherence  Financing for development  Data  Technology & Innovation  South-South Cooperation  Trade An ambitious and interconnected global development agenda requires a new global partnership Development ‘Megatrends’
  6. 6. shocking facts about extreme global inequality Questions? Goals or no Goals, the world is already transforming at breakneck speed