In ‘From Summits to Solutions,’ experts outline fresh approaches to accomplish the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
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August 28, 2018

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In September 2015, the United Nations adopted an ambitious agenda to end extreme poverty, protect the world’s environment, and provide prosperity for all.

Ranging from hunger and climate change to education and gender equality, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to tackle many of the foremost issues of our time. 

Armed with fresh approaches needed to address these problems, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Brookings Global Economy and Development program published "From Summits to Solutions," a collaborative research effort to help advance SDG implementation.

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Achieving the 2030 Agenda

Launch of From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, at the United Nations in New York, Monday, July 16, 2018. (Photo/Stuart Ramson for the United Nations Foundation and Brookings)
Flags are pictured outside the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, April 18, 2018.       REUTERS/Denis Balibouse - RC1DF0C223D0
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon addresses the Annual Conference of Swiss Developement Cooperation in Zurich, Switzerland January 22, 2016. On the screen behind are displayed the 17 goals of UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.    REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann - LR1EC1M141E1G

More on the Sustainable Development Goals

The business-as-usual approach to meeting the SDGs leaves millions behind. Homi Kharas, John McArthur, and Krista Rasmussen make the case that 40 million lives are at stake as the world struggles to make needed progress on the SDGs.

Bringing global health actors together for a healthier world. In a video and blog post, Ikuo Takizawa writes that in the SDG era, the vision of global health governance needs to be broadened to focus on coordination efforts between individual health initiatives.

Developing statistical capacity in low-income countries. Ryuichi Tomizawa and Noriharu Masugi discuss how developing countries can overcome underfunded and ineffective statistical agencies in order to benefit SDG progress.

Multilateral Development Banks must mobilize private finance to achieve the SDGs. Globalization and country-driven development strategies have led to the general acceptance of private sector finance as key to economic development, Mahmoud Mohieldin, Nritya Subramaniam, and Jos Verbeek explain.

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