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Thinking through the Global Goals

7 September 2015

The official adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) marks a distinct shift in the international agenda.

The SDGs replace the Millennium Development Goals, and redefine development a universal project requiring commitment and action from both ‘developing’ and ‘developed’ countries to improve environmental sustainability, reduce inequality and eradicate extreme poverty.

With over 45 leading researchers within GDI, Manchester has a wealth of research and opinion on each of the 17 goals – as well as the bigger picture. Ahead of the formation of the Global Development Institute, our academics came together to examine, critique and endorse various aspects of the Global Goals.

Blog posts

Uma Kothari and David Hulme also contributed a number of pieces for the Policy@Manchester blog:

Jobs and growth for young people in Tanzania

Nicola Banks video blogged from Tanzania on the relevance of the Goal on jobs and growth for young people:

Further explorations

Armando Barrientos focused on the importance of tax and fiscal policy,telling the development community to forget its obsession with aid.

Diana Mitlin looked at the challenge involved in achieving the Goal of universal access to sanitation and the revolution in data and understanding that are required to achieve it.

Achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development will be a huge challenge and one that will require new ideas, incisive thinking – and action. We want to make sure that the Global Development Institute plays a central role in pushing for progress. The world is at a crossroads, with major implications for all of our futures.

As David Hulme and Uma Kothari say in this post, “This is not about developing countries catching up - but about all countries rethinking what they are trying to achieve on a small planet.”

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