Is Europe ready for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? … not yet

Leida Rijnhout

November 2016; 4 pages

Global Governance Spotlight 6|2016 (pdf)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is universal, which means it has to be fully implemented in Europe too. The Agenda touches on most of the relevant topics to achieve a better world for everyone including the protection of the planet. More than any other agenda, it stresses the necessity to achieve coherence in policymaking. Is the EU ready for this agenda with its potential to provoke a paradigm shift in the concept of development? Leida Rijnhout does not think so yet, and therefore explores in Global Governance Spotlight 6|2016 crucial aspects of a necessary transformation to successfully implement the Agenda.

With the integration of a comprehensive peace dimension, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development lays the basis for a new form of engagement with fragile and conflict-affected states – and hence for the eradication of extreme poverty, the reduction of violence, and the narrowing of social and political inequalities. But with "business as usual", these states will not reach the ambitious objectives of the Agenda. In the Global Governance Spotlight 4|2016, Marc Baxmann from FriEnt therefore discusses a set of crucial measures to ensure that the peace dimension achieves its full impact.

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