Policy Innovations for Transformative Change: Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Organization(s): UNRISD
Author: Dunja Krause, Ilcheong Yi, Katja Hujo, Pascal van Griethuysen, Peter Utting, Valeria Esquivel
Year: 2016
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World leaders have committed to transform our world and to leave no one behind in the quest for sustainable development. What needs to happen now to enable the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to deliver on its transformative promise? Which policies and practices will lead to social, economic and ecological justice?

Research presented in this report shows that:

  • breaking the vicious circle that produces poverty, inequality and environmental destruction requires transformative change that directly attacks the root causes of these problems instead of the symptoms;
  • transformative change can be driven by innovative policies that overcome palliative and “silo” approaches, and promote an “eco-social” turn in development thinking and practice;
  • innovative policies, which are informed by solid evidence and grounded in normative values such as social justice and sustainability, need to be forged through inclusive political processes, new forms of partnership, multilevel governance reforms and increased state capacity.

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