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Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Report prepared by The World in 2050 initiative.

This report examines the current trends and dynamics that promote and jeopardize the achievement of the SDGs. It presents the TWI2050 framework, the integrated pathways which harness the synergies and multiple benefits across SDGs, and approaches to governing this sustainability transformation. TWI2050 identifies six exemplary transformations which will allow achieving the SDGs and long-term sustainability to 2050 and beyond.

Transformations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
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The report provides policy recommendations on how to achieve integrated pathways that implement these transformations. Eight key messages of the report:

  • Transformation towards a sustainable future is possible but ambitious action is needed now!
  • Six transformations that are necessary to achieve the SDGs!
  • Attaining the SDGs in a resilient and lasting way, requires vigorous action now, and a people and planet focus beyond 2030!
  • As everything is integrated in the connected world, the grand transformation requires a holistic perspective!
  • Transformational change is needed but to succeed we must take along winners and losers!
  • The world is at crossroads as we are currently experiencing signs of a counter-transformation!
  • A central element of the sustainability transformation is effective and inclusive governance!
  • Think globally, act locally! Think long-term, act now! It is all a matter of scale!

This report has been published by The World in 2050 (TWI2050). It was established by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) to provide scientific foundations for the 2030 Agenda. It is based on the voluntary and collaborative effort of more than 60 authors from about 20 institutions, and some 100 independent experts from academia, business, government, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations from all the regions of the world, who met three times at IIASA to develop pathways toward achieving the SDGs.

Source: TWI2050 - The World in 2050 (2018). Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Report prepared by the World in 2050 initiative. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria.


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