Transformative Pathways to Implement the 2030 Agenda

Event Type
HLPF Side Event

New York, 17.07.2018


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is global multi-year, multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary research initiative designed to provide a science-based, integrative approach to address all 17 SDGs building on the synergies and multiple benefits while alleviating trade-offs across competing SDGs. TWI2050 is a partnership between some 20 science and policy institutions (international, academic, and non-governmental) that aims not only to contribute to this understanding but also develop science-based transformational and equitable pathways to sustainable development that can provide much-needed information and guidance for policy makers responsible for the implementation of the SDGs, such as the HLPF.

This first TWI2050 report is launched at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). It presents major challenges facing humanity to achieve the transformative changes toward sustainable futures. Rather than projecting into the future, it describes the compelling narrative from a ‘backcasting’ perspective, namely what needs to be done now and in the immediate future to steer the international community, in a cooperative way, toward achievement of 2030 Agenda and good life for all on the healthy planet beyond 2030. The transformative, model-based Sustainable Development Pathways that are in the process of being developed by TWI2050 are the core of the report presenting an integrative approach that builds on the potential synergies across the 17 SDGs. Finally, the report provides perspectives on profound dynamics of social changes and of governance innovations needed to achieve the SDGs worldwide.

The report argues that six major transformations are necessary to implement the overall 2030 Agenda: i) Human capacity and demography; ii) Consumption and production; iii) Decarbonization and energy; iv) Food, biosphere and water; v) Smart cities; and vi) Digital revolution. They provide a ‘silver tread’ throughout the report and translate the SDGs into actionable initiatives for a plethora of stakeholders and major groups. The report calls transformative change and policy coherence, local action and global coordination, private sector strategies and public investments. It demonstrates how systems analysis supports decisions makers toward holistic policymaking, considering all dimensions of sustainability – society, economy and the environment and how they are interrelated. The TWI2050 approach provides guidance to target audiences based on the six transformations, such as policymakers, mayors, businesses, investors, civil society, and the scientific community.

TWI2050 initiative is the most-comprehensive scientific initiative to date presenting integrated and holistic policies for implementing the SDGs. It brings together more than 60 authors from around two dozen research institutions, think tanks and international organizations across the Global South and North.



  • Christoph Heusgen, Head of the German Mission to the United Nations
  • Shantanu Mukherjee, Chief, Policy and Analysis Branch at Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA
  • Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General, International Institute for Applied Systems Anaysis (IIASA)
  • Dirk Messner, Director, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • Jessica Seddon, Head of Research, Stephan Ross Centre, World Resource Institute (WRI) (to be confirmed)
  • Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies (to be confirmed)


  • Welcome by Ambassador Christoph Heusgen
  • Key Policy message by representatives of The World in 2050
  • Comment by Ambassador Juan Sandoval Mendiolea
  • Comments by Leena Srivastava and Jessica Seddon
  • Panel discussion
  • Q&A
  • Closing by Moderator Dirk Messner

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Event information

Date / h
17.07.2018 / 14:30 - 16:00


German House
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Germany to the United Nations
UN Plaza
New York

-- by invitation only --


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TWI2050 Report