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Sustainable Development Needs a Hardware Update

logo-IPSWhen UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs in September 2015, they signaled with the title Transforming our World that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option and fundamental changes in politics and society are necessary. Four years later they have to admit that they are off-track to achieve the SDGs. The global civil society report Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2019 shows that in many areas there is no progress at all, and in some even regression. In an op-ed published by IPS Inter Press Service, Jens Martens, executive director of Global Policy Forum and coordinator of the international Civil Society Reflection Group on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development explains that a simple software update (of policies, norms and standards) is not enough – we have to revisit and reshape the hardware of sustainable development (i.e. governance and institutions at all levels).

July 8, 2019 | IPS

Sustainable Development Needs a Hardware Update

by Jens Martens

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