In ‘From Summits to Solutions,’ experts outline fresh approaches to accomplish the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.
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August 28, 2018
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.
The U.N.'s Sustainable Development Goals are laudable, but so far there is no overall, positive agenda of what new things need to be done to ensure the goals are achieved across all nations. This edited volume explores ways to accelerate progress through three broad lenses.
At the New York launch of "From Summits to Solutions," U.N. Deputy Secretary‑General and chapter author Amina Mohammed said, "The SDGs will only be achieved if we make the leap from summits in United Nations conference rooms to solutions in communities on the ground in our countries."
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.
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.