The Governance Challenge of Integrated SDG Implementation

Cat Botto

With the 2030 Agenda, the international community has established an ambitious, interlinked goal system for a global sustainability transformation. The successful implementation of the Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires that the complex interactions between the SDGs and their targets are taken into account.  This poses new challenges to political institutions and processes: Institutional reforms and innovative governance approaches are needed to overcome sectoral silos and achieve an integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Against this background, since 2017, the German Development Institute (DIE) is conducting the research project “Implementing the 2030 Agenda: Integrating Growth, Environment, Equality and Governance”, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project aims to identify and investigate central interlinkages between the SDGs and to provide evidence-based advice to decision-makers in development cooperation on devising approaches and strategies towards integrated implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

On 27 September 2021, DIE is running this online workshop which will provide an opportunity to present central findings from their project and to learn about their relation to and exploitability for their own work.  Following a plenary session on “SDG interdependencies and the integration challenges” three parallel break-out groups will discuss governance challenges related to synergies and trade-offs between the SDGs in the fields of 1) the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, 2) Climate Protection and Social Protection and 3) Poverty and Inequality. Several participants have already registered from across governments, universities, NGOs and others.

For more information click here and for registration click here.