The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to vastly improve economic, social and planetary well-being. How exactly to achieve these goals is now a point of discussion at many fora around the world. A crucial aspect of implementation is the fact that the goals are strongly interconnected which is likely to have a profound influence on efforts to achieve the goals.
In some cases, actions taken to achieve one SDG may unintentionally hinder progress towards another. Such trade-offs are likely to make the overall achievement of the goals more difficult and inefficient unless they are identified and managed. But the good news is that SDGs also frequently reinforce each other – Actions to achieve one goal can favour progress towards one or more of the other goals. These synergies provide exceptional opportunities for investment of scarce resources.
In this Sussex Development Lecture, Joseph Alcamo shares findings from the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme on SDG synergies from the local to global scale.
This lecture is part of the Sussex Development Lecture series: Achieving the SDGs: Synergies and Tensions.
Joseph Alcamo, Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme (SSRP)
This lecture will be streamed live to the IDS Facebook page.