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In September 2015, all 193 United Nations member states agreed to adopt 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), marking a universal embrace of a new paradigm for safeguarding the planet and bettering the human condition. Now comes the hard part, as governments and other primary stakeholders begin to assess their current progress towards achieving the goals. To that end, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network has put forward some guiding principles to help stakeholders begin moving toward implementation of the SDG agenda. getAbstract recommends this preliminary report to academics, business leaders, local and national policy makers, and civic groups working to orient their planning and policy priorities around the SDGs.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the Sustainable Development Goals aim to achieve,
  • How to undertake long-term planning and strategy to reach the targets, and
  • How to assess progress toward achieving them.

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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes the world’s top scientists and technical experts on key challenges of sustainable development.



In September 2015, all 193 United Nations member states agreed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is made up of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with 169 specific targets for implementation over the next 15 years. The goals provide an internationally collaborative, yet nationally...

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