New book Governance for Sustainable Development Volume 4: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Foreword from the new book Governance for Sustainable Development Volume 4: Challenges and Opportunities for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Also available as a free download from the Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development web site. 
Verena Klinger-Dering, Meriem El Hilali, Hyemi Kim, Samuel Victor Makwe, Cristina Popescu, David Banisar, Felix Dodds and Quinn McKew
The Friends of Governance for Sustainable Development were originally set up in 2010 to help member States prepare for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). They were re-established during the Open Working Group for the Post 2015 Agenda in 2014.
The Friends group has since then continued to host workshops on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The 2030 Agenda represents one of the most important sets of Global Goals that the international community has committed to. It is an unprecedented effort that embodies universal aspirations for achieving a more just, equitable, peaceful and sustainable future. It is an excellent example of successful multilateralism.
This ambitious and unique exercise represents a paradigm shift in policy-making for sustainable development. It gives a roadmap by which we all, the UN, governments, and stakeholders can work together to address the most pressing global challenges. In this context, the rule of law, as well as effective, robust, participatory and accountable institutions are of the utmost importance to achieve the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets.
This is the fourth book that the Group of Friends of the Governance for Sustainable Development has produced in an effort to share widely the papers that have been presented at the workshops for member States to discuss. The Group recognize that there is an inextricable link between good governance and sustainable development and that, as the 2030 Agenda is implemented, governance challenges will need discussion and action at all levels and by all institutions.
Mindful of these challenges, the governments of Germany, Morocco, Nigeria, Romania and the Republic of Korea, with the technical support of the Tellus Institute and the secretariat being provided by ARTICLE 19 have tried to create an informal space for member States to discuss governance related issues.
In 2019, the Group of Friends convened UN officials, experts, and representatives from the government at three participatory workshops on governance and the 2030 Agenda implementation and supported a fourth organized by Stakeholder Forum for a Common Future. The workshops were organized in partnership with UN-DESA Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development focusing on advancing the 2030 Agenda into the HLPF’s Second Cycle and lessons learned from the first cycle.
The Group of Friends in 2020 will continue to be a place for discussions of the institutional architecture for the 2030 Agenda’s implementation, follow-up, and review.
We expect the present publication to be a useful input for the ongoing discussions about the institutional architecture for the 2030 Agenda. This agenda has already captured the imagination of this generation. We now know that sustainable development will only become a reality if we have the enabling environment for it to happen. Good governance will be pivotal for implementing, reviewing and improving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. We hope that this publication contributes to addressing the challenges we will be facing over the coming years to 2030.   
The book chapters are as follows:
Chapter 1:       Justice, Peace, and Inclusion for Sustainability or Climate Apartheid? Michael K Dorsey

Chapter 2:       Europe's approach to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Ingeborg Niestroy, Elisabeth Hege, Elizabeth Dirth and Ruben Zondervan

Chapter 3:      The Misaligned SDG targets: How to handle target dates before 2030, Felix Dodds, Jamie Bartram and Gastón Ocampo

Chapter 4:       Options for the SDG Environment Targets Maturing in 2020, Claire Blanchard

Chapter 5:       From numbers to action - how to leverage the 2030 Agenda reporting structure to accelerate SDG 16 implementation, Anne Kahl

Chapter 6:      How can the High-Level Political Forum identify and deal with new and emerging issues? Cat Tully

Chapter 7:      Sustainable Development Goals: Creating more actionable process outcomes, Gary Lawrence

Chapter 8:       The Role of the German Council for Sustainable Development, Günther Bachmann

Chapter 9:       The Basque Sustainable Bonds, Jorge Fernandez-Quintela

Chapter 10:     Mobilizing business action to advance the 2030 Agenda: harnessing the potential of the UN Global Compact, Felipe Morgado

Chapter 11:  The High-Level Political Forum Review 2020: An Opportunity to Fulfill the HLPF’s Mandate, Marianne Beisheim and Steven Bernstein


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