Policy Coherence of the Sustainable Development Goals

A Natural Resource Perspective

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This report examines the resource interlinkages and potential trade-offs in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It shows how and why the SDGs need to be pursued together, as a whole, if sustainable development is to be achieved. It also identifies the kinds of resource-related factors that decision-makers will need to take into account in formulating policies and actions for implementing the SDGs, that will need to bring about fundamental shifts in current production systems and consumption patterns.




Under the aegis of the United Nations, the international community is expected to commit to a path-breaking Global Sustainable Development Agenda in September 2015. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, form the core of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The SDGs have evolved through an intense process of worldwide consultation, with a level of official and public participation that is unique in the history of the UN. While the process has had to reconcile views and inputs of great variety in scope and content, this outcome certainly presents a hopeful sign for securing the future of all humanity and life on Earth.


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