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The preceding chapters of World Social Report 2021 have discussed the role of rural development in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from economic, social and environmental perspectives, and offered conclusions and policy recommendations. The goal of this concluding chapter is to bring these together, taking note of the potential synergies among them and the nexus role of some of them. The policy recommendations are grouped into three parts. The first comprises strategic principles that are needed for successful rural development. The second includes programmes and policies that impact more than one dimension of sustainable development. The third covers sectoral policies that are directly relevant for a particular dimension of sustainable development. Reflecting the three dimensions of sustainable development, the sectoral policies are grouped under three categories, pertaining to (i) growth and balanced settlement; (ii) poverty and inequality; and (iii) protection of environment. Together, these principles, programmes and sectoral policies can help countries to achieve sustainable rural development that leads to the SDGs.

Sustainable Development Goals:
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