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A systems model of SDG target influence on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Anderson,  Carl C.
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Denich,  Manfred
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Warchold,  Anne
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Kropp,  Jürgen P.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Pradhan,  Prajal
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

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Anderson, C. C., Denich, M., Warchold, A., Kropp, J. P., Pradhan, P. (2021 online): A systems model of SDG target influence on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. - Sustainability Science.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-01040-8


Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_25983
Abstract
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as part of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and aim to address issues ranging from poverty and economic growth to climate change. Efforts to tackle one issue can support or hinder progress towards others, often with complex systemic interactions. Thus, each of the SDGs and their corresponding targets may contribute as levers or hurdles towards achieving other SDGs and targets. Based on SDG indicator data, we create a systems model considering influence among the SDGs and their targets. Once assessed within a system, we find that more SDGs and their corresponding targets act as levers towards achieving other goals and targets rather than as hurdles. In particular, efforts towards SDGs 5 (Gender Equality) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) may accelerate progress, while SDGs 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) are shown to create potential hurdles. The model results can be used to help promote supportive interactions and overcome hindering ones in the long term.