The UN 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals give an aspirational vision of the world in 2030, but how do we turn this into reality?
The SDGs force us to reconsider the purpose of governance and what it should achieve at the global, national and local levels. They require an integrated approach, consultative processes, and reliance on science and indicators to guide policy making, leaving no one behind. They provide an opportunity to make government more just, participative and sustainable. We can use the SDGs as guideposts for a learning process of organic change in the structure of society.
Arthur Lyon Dahl is President of the International Environment Forum, and a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of UN Environment. He has been a consultant on sustainability indicators and assessment to the World Bank, World Economic Forum, UNESCO and UNEP, and teaches sustainable development in university advanced studies programs and on-line courses. His long collaboration with AIESEC has included keynotes at three International Presidents Meetings. A biologist specializing in small islands and coral reefs, he organized the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and co-ordinated the UN System-wide Earthwatch. He has written many scientific papers and books including "The Eco Principle: Ecology and Economics in Symbiosis".