Implementing the “Sustainable Development Goals”: towards addressing three key governance challenges—collective action, trade-offs, and accountability

Author(s): Bowen, K.J., N.A. Cradock-Henry, F. Koch, J. Patterson, T. Hayha, J. Vogt, F. Barbi.
In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 26-27: 90-96
Year: 2017
Type: Journal / article
Link to centre authors: Häyhä, Tiina
Full reference: Bowen, K.J., N.A. Cradock-Henry, F. Koch, J. Patterson, T. Hayha, J. Vogt, F. Barbi. 2017. Implementing the ”Sustainable Development Goals”: towards addressing three key governance challenges-collective action, trade-offs, and accountability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 26-27: 90-96

Summary

Realising the aspirations of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) to reduce inequality, limit ecological damage, and secure resilient livelihoods is a grand challenge for sustainability science, civil society and government. We identify three key governance challenges that are central for implementing the SDGs: (i) cultivating collective action by creating inclusive decision spaces for stakeholder interaction across multiple sectors and scales; (ii) making difficult trade-offs, focusing on equity, justice and fairness; and (iii) ensuring mechanisms exist to hold societal actors to account regarding decision-making, investment, action, and outcomes. The paper explains each of these three governance challenges, identifying possible avenues for addressing them, and highlights the importance of interlinkages between the three challenges.

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