Implementing the “Sustainable Development Goals”: towards addressing three key governance challenges—collective action, trade-offs, and accountability

Kathryn J. Bowen, Nicholas A. Cradock-Henry, Florian Koch, James Patterson, Tiina Häyhä, Jess Vogt, Fabiana Barbi

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Abstract

Realising the aspirations of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) to reduce inequality, limit ecological damage, and secure resilient livelihoods is a grand challenge for sustainability science, civil society and government. We identify three key governance challenges that are central for implementing the SDGs: (i) cultivating collective action by creating inclusive decision spaces for stakeholder interaction across multiple sectors and scales; (ii) making difficult tradeoffs, focusing on equity, justice and fairness; and (iii) ensuring mechanisms exist to hold societal actors to account regarding decision-making, investment, action, and outcomes. The paper explains each of these three governance challenges, identifying possible avenues for addressing them, and highlights the importance of interlinkages between the three
challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-96
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Volume26-27
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2017

Keywords

  • SDGs
  • Environmental governance
  • Sustainability
  • Development
  • Collective action
  • Accountability
  • Trade-offs

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