Sustainable Development Governance

© Cia Pak, UN Photo
UN Summit Adopts Post-2015 Development Agenda, © UN Photo/Cia Pak

According to the 1987 report of the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (“Brundtland Commission” after its chair), sustainable development “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro the members of the United Nations agreed to make sustainable development a guiding principle. In 2012 the international community met again in Rio for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), above all to discuss problems with implementation and possibilities for future improvement. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was negotiated following the conference and adopted in September 2015 by the heads of state and government of the UN member states. The High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) agreed at Rio+20 and set up in 2013 will serve integration, cooperation and coordination functions and provide political guidance for implementing sustainable development. Its mandate is thus far-reaching, but its precise working arrangements remain contested. This applies in particular to the HLPF’s Follow-up and Review Process.

Further reading

The UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform provides relevant information and documents relating to the negotiations as well as background papers on the subject: sustainabledevelopment.un.org

Publications

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Marianne Beisheim

UN Reforms for the 2030 Agenda

Are the HLPF’s Working Methods and Practices “Fit for Purpose”?

SWP Research Paper 2018/RP 09, October 2018, 33 Pages
Eleni Dellas, Alexander Carius, Marianne Beisheim, Susan Parnell, Dirk Messner

Local and Regional Governments in the Follow-up and Review of Global Sustainability Agendas

in: Berlin/Brussels: adelphi/Cities Alliance, February 2018, 59 Pages
Evita Schmieg

External Trade Policy and the Sustainable Development Goals

Implementing the SDGs Will Meet Justified Criticisms of Globalisation

SWP Comment 2017/C 39, October 2017, 4 Pages
Steffen Angenendt, Anne Koch

International Cooperation on Migration Policy: Dare to Do More!

The Global Forum on Migration and Development in Berlin Opens Up Opportunities

SWP Comment 2017/C 21, June 2017, 4 Pages
Marianne Beisheim

The G20 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

How to Strengthen Policy Coherence and Accountability

SWP Comment 2017/C 16, May 2017, 4 Pages
Evita Schmieg

Global Trade and African Countries

Working Paper No.2, FG EU/ Europa, SWP Berlin, July 2016
Marianne Beisheim

Expert’s Reflections on HLPF National Voluntary Reviews (Session 3)

Presentation at the United Nations' High-Level political forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, New York. In: UN Web TV, 19.07.2016 (online)
Marianne Beisheim

Multi-stakeholder Partnerships for the 2030 Agenda. How to improve and review their contributions

Präsentation im Rahmen der „Partnership Exchange“ beim Hochrangigen Politischen Forum der Vereinten Nationen zu nachhaltiger Entwicklung (HLPF), New York, In: UN Web TV, 18.07.2016 (online)
Marianne Beisheim

Regular and inclusive national reviews for the SDGs

Presentation at the UNITAR Learning Session “Strengthening national reviews and M&E systems for the SDGs”, New York, 15 July 2016
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SWP Comments

Christian Wagner, Siddharth Tripathi
New Connectivity in the Bay of Bengal

Opportunities and Perspectives of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC)


Felix Heiduk
Myanmar, the Rohingya Crisis, and Further EU Sanctions