SDG Action 2021: Practical Knowledge for a Fairer, Safer, Sustainable World

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SDG Action has been launched with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network to support the UN’s “Decade of Action”. Therefore, this report is a resource for sustainability practitioners, offering analysis for pressing challenges and identifying opportunities for tangible progress. Furthermore, two print editions are published annually to match major diplomacy events related to sustainability. The editions provide a framework for complex interdependencies to highlight priorities, dilemmas and entry points.

The Report

This edition covers the pandemic as a transversal issue deeply related to the other challenges. For instance, the COVID19 outbreak affected the most vulnerable groups such as: People caught up in conflicts or disasters, children and youth, persons with disabilities, people lacking social protection, and those working in the informal sector.

Additionally, it outlines that the SDGs and the Paris agreement offer a global roadmap for recovery, “enabling us to rebound quickly and effectively from the pandemic.” For this reason, the report makes the case that “the challenges of sustainable development require a new kind of thinking and a new kind of policy-making”.

The report contains brief sections comprising “a global roadmap for recovery,” on democratizing governance structures, transformative partnerships, COVID-19 lessons, tracking inequality at all levels, cities as vanguards for action, fair and long-term finance, reinventing capitalism, land restoration now, ocean solutions, the speeding transition away from fossil fuels, halting biodiversity loss, and more.

Henceforth, for these global-scale challenges, it promotes long term global and national strategies for transformation such as:

  • Quality education
  • Healthcare and wellbeing
  • Clean energy and industry
  • Sustainable agriculture and land use
  • Sustainable cities
  • Digital transformation with universal access to digital services.

However, it highlights that these unprecedented tests require a renewed international cooperation approach with strong collaboration across stakeholders “including government, business, academia and civil society.”

Find the full report here.