This book draws on the expertise of faculty and colleagues at the Balsillie School of International Affairs to both locate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a contribution to the development of global government and to examine the political-institutional and financial challenges posed by the SDGs.

The contributors are experts in global governance issues in a broad variety of fields ranging from health, food systems, social policy, migration and climate change. An introductory chapter sets out the broad context of the governance challenges involved, and how individual chapters contribute to the analysis. The book begins by focusing on individual SDGs, examining briefly the background to the particular goal and evaluating the opportunities and challenges (particularly governance challenges) in achieving the goal, as well as discussing how this goal relates to other SDGs. The book goes on to address the broader issues of achieving the set of goals overall, examining the novel financing mechanisms required for an enterprise of this nature, the trade-offs involved (particularly between the urgent climate agenda and the social/economic goals), the institutional arrangements designed to enable the achievement of the goals and offering a critical perspective on the enterprise as a whole.

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals makes a distinctive contribution by covering a broad range of individual goals with contributions from experts on governance in the global climate, social and economic areas as well as providing assessments of the overall project – its financial feasibility, institutional requisites, and its failures to tackle certain problems at the core. This book will be of great interest to scholars and students of international affairs, development studies and sustainable development, as well as those engaged in policymaking nationally, internationally and those working in NGOs.

chapter 1|18 pages

Global governance challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

BySimon Dalby, Susan Horton, Rianne Mahon

chapter 2|17 pages

Food system lessons from the SDGs

ByAlison Blay-Palmer, Laine Young

chapter 3|18 pages

From MDGs to SDGs

Health slips in global priorities
ByAlan Whiteside

chapter 4|17 pages

Gender equality from the MDGs to the SDGs

The struggle continues
BySara Rose Taylor, Rianne Mahon

chapter 5|14 pages

Gender, labour migration governance, and the SDGs

Lessons from the case of Nepal
ByKC Hari, Jenna L. Hennebry

chapter 6|15 pages

The problem with international migration and sustainable development

ByJonathan Crush

chapter 7|17 pages

SDGs and climate change adaptation in Asian megacities

Synergies and opportunities for transformation
ByIdowu Ajibade, Michael Egge

chapter 8|15 pages

Climate change, security, and sustainability

BySimon Dalby

chapter 9|20 pages

Development as a determinant of climate risk and policy challenge

ByVanessa Schweizer

chapter 10|18 pages

Religion and the Sustainable Development Goals

ByPaul Freston

chapter 11|20 pages

The ecological limits of the Sustainable Development Goals

ByStephen Quilley, Kaitlin Kish

chapter 12|16 pages

Development as usual

Ethical reflections on the SDGs
BySeyed Ali Hosseini

chapter 13|20 pages

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

Beyond official development assistance
BySusan Horton

chapter 14|14 pages

Sustainable finance and the SDGs

The role of the banking sector
ByOlaf Weber

chapter 15|15 pages

Global governance and the Sustainable Development Goals

ByAlexandra R. Harrington