Governing the interlinkages between the SDGs: conclusions

Breuer, Anita / Daniele Malerba / Srinivasa, Srigiri / Pooja Balasubramanian
External Publications (2022)

in: Breuer, Anita / Daniele Malerba / Srinivasa, Srigiri / Pooja Balasubramanian (eds.), Governing the interlinkages between the SDGs: approaches, opportunities and challenges, London: Routledge, 225-237

ISBN: 978-1-03-218465-4
Open access

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts of the key concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book explores challenges in implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that result from the interdependent and interlinked nature of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). It presents a method to extract and harness existing knowledge about interlinkages between different aspects of a selected subset of SDGs. The book provides an overview of current evidence from Integrated Assessment Modelling, which are the state-of-the-art modelling tools in the climate community. It discusses a perceived conceptual flaw in SDG interlinkages thinking. The book also presents various criteria for assessing national SDG governance mechanisms regarding their potential to promote coherent and effective implementation of the SDGs. It elaborates on the concept of multilevel metagovernance. As a framework, the concept is concerned with the creation of actionable mechanisms to spur collaboration between actors from different levels of authority.

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Breuer, Anita

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Srigiri, Srinivasa Reddy

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Balasubramanian, Pooja

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