Global Sustainable Development Report 2019

The Future is Now - Science for Achieving Sustainable Development

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The Report uses the latest scientific assessments, evidence bases about good practices, and scenarios that link future trajectories to current actions to identify calls to action by a range of stakeholders that can accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Those actions derive from knowledge about the interconnections across individual Goals and targets, recognizing that the true transformative potential of the 2030 Agenda can be realized only through a systemic approach that helps identify and manage trade-offs while maximizing co-benefits.



The transformative power of sustainable development

Science now recognizes the Earth as a closely linked human-environment system, and provides a better understanding of the extent to which our shared progress as human beings is undermined by the ways in which we have gone about achieving it. Governments can lead the transformation of the world’s social, economic and environmental status towards universally beneficial outcomes when guided by the Sustainable Development Goals. But they must recognize that such transformation will involve tough choices and trade-offs.


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