Transformations to achieve the sustainable development goals; Report prepared by The World in 2050 Initiative

Kriegler, Elmar / Dirk Messner / Nebojsa Nakicenovic / Keywan Riahi / Johan Rockström / Jeffrey Sachs / Sander van der Leeuw / Detlef van Vuuren (eds.)
Externe Publikationen (2018)

Laxenburg: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


The report provides policy recommendations on how to achieve integrated pathways that implement these transformations. Eight key messages of the report: 

  1. Transformation towards a sustainable future is possible but ambitious action is needed now!

  2. Six transformations that are necessary to achieve the SDGs!
  3. Attaining the SDGs in a resilient and lasting way, requires vigorous action now, and a people and planet focus beyond 2030!
  4. As everything is integrated in the connected world, the grand transformation requires a holistic perspective!
  5. Transformational change is needed but to succeed we must take along winners and losers!
  6. The world is at crossroads as we are currently experiencing signs of a counter-transformation!
  7. A central element of the sustainability transformation is effective and inclusive governance!
  8. Think globally, act locally! Think long-term, act now! It is all a matter of scale!

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