The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and SD Strategies & Tools
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the follow-up of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with two important differences: firstly, the SDGs are universal, i.e. applicable to all countries; secondly their sustainability focus is much stronger. In September 2015, the UN General Assemble adopted the SDGs and the process of implementation has started in all countries.
What Sustainable Development Strategies (SDS) look like and what impact they have depends on what those who formulated them believe is the best definition of ‘strategy’. Mintzberg described ten schools of thinking about strategy.With regard to sustainable development, the strategy definition is crucial. If strategy is a sustained learning process in dealing with complex issues, an SDS based on this definition might be able to recognise ‘wicked’ problems. On the other hand, if the starting point is that the world is well-structured, a strategy in the form of a concrete action plan might be the most desirable. Of course, a combination may be the best solution.
On this page we have put together our studies, research and articles on the SDG and SD strategies and other implementation tools.
“There are many books on SDGs, but this is a ‘metabook’ which will inspire and guide all those responsible for and studying the SDGs” (Geert Bouckaert); “This book will become the core text in this area” (Paul Jackson); “A book that is a must for those who strive for enhanced professionalism in governance for sustainable development” (Roel in ‘t Veld); “What makes this book a must-read is the emphasis on how to get to differentiated governance for the SDGs” (Guenther Bachmann). […]