Summary - Lecture 1: 2030 Agenda and the SDGs – Research Implications
Summary of Lecture 1: The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs: Research Implications
Presenter: Prof. Mario Tabucanon (UNU-IAS)
Reporter: Sunwoo Kang (Keio University)
Hendra Sandhi Firmansyah (Institute Teknologi Bandung)
Highlights of the Lecture
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals
which includes 17 goals, 169 targets and 230 indicators to pursue the sustainable development all
around the world, was adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The 2030 Agenda defines the core
elements of the sustainable development as below:
a. People: to end poverty and fight for equality (SDG 1,2,10),
to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children (SDG 3,4,5)
b. Prosperity: to grow the strong, inclusive and transformative economy (SDG 6,7,8,9,11,12)
c. Planet: to protect our ecosystem for all societies and our children (SDG 13,14,15)
d. Peace: to promote safe and peaceful societies strong institution (SDG 16), and
e. Partnership: to catalyze global solidarity for sustainable development (SDG 17)
On the other hand, all the goals and the targets of the SDGs are having the interactions, and
also the multistakeholder partnership is important. Both of the interactions and the multistakeholder
partnership complicate the understanding of the sustainable development.
Based on those backgrounds above, Prof. Mario Tabucanon gave some research potentials to
deal with the cities and the sustainable development, including the investigation of interlinkages in
the specific area, development of country-specific indicators, and the researches on the governance
for the sustainable development. Also, traditionally the research on the sustainable development was
focused on the scientific disciplines and had views in silos. Therefore, it is necessary to have the trans-
disciplinary and problem-based mind to do research on the sustainable development issues.
The most important thing for us, as the people in Academia field, is the research. However,
communication with others is also important as much as the research itself. That is how to make the
transformative change to achieve the sustainable development.
Therefore 4 points can provide by academia to achieve the sustainable development as below:
(1) Teach sustainable development concept in the correct one,
(2) Conducting research,
(3) Practice/ implementing to support SDG (implementing the research),
(4) Taking part in the community.