The Sustainable Development Goals as a Transformative Force? Key Insights

Frank Biermann, Thomas Hickmann, Carole Anne Sénit

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The scope of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable
Development Goals is unprecedented. So is the broad ambition expressed in this
agreement. While the United Nations has rarely shied away from declaring farreaching policy aspirations in the past, the 2030 Agenda sets the bar high –
possibly higher than it has ever been before, with ambitious goals to end hunger
and poverty while simultaneously reducing unsustainable consumption and
protecting the natural foundations of life on earth. The Sustainable Development
Goals also add new areas of policy ambition that have not been promoted in this
form before, such as reducing global and national inequalities or promoting good
governance, both now enshrined as stand-alone global policy goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Governance Through Global Goals?
EditorsFrank Biermann, Thomas Hickmann, Carole-Anne Sénit
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781009082945
ISBN (Print)9781316514290
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • 2030 Agenda
  • governance arrangements


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