Press release from 11 July 2018
The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative has launched a new report, setting out six key transformations that will enable the world to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As it stands, the world is not on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. Some three billion people do not have access to modern cooking and sanitation. A billion people go to bed hungry and do not have access to electricity. Those left behind are the most vulnerable to the negative consequences of the industrial revolution that range from climate change to biodiversity loss. A transformation towards a more sustainable future that leaves no one behind needs immediate and ambitious action.
Science shows: There is hope
The new report by the "The World in 2050" (TWI2050) initiative, which has been launched today, shows that the transformation towards a sustainable future is nevertheless possible with strong political commitment. The report explores transformations and potential pathways that take a comprehensive approach to realizing the global goals. It emphasizes that when synergies and multiple benefits are created, the SDGs are achievable by 2030. "We know a lot about interactions between the sustainability goals, trade-offs and co-benefits. However, how to govern the deep processes of a transformation towards sustainability in very different countries is still a huge challenge. The report therefore focuses on transformative governance patterns, concrete political, social, and institutional policies and reforms to implement the 2030 Agenda," says Dirk Messner, director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and founding member of the initiative.
How to get there
The report identifies the major drivers of societal change, including human capacity, consumption and production, decarbonization, and the digital revolution. The six key transformations presented in the report interact with all the SDGs and provide a manageable way to achieve these goals:
A people and planet agenda
The 17 SDGs, adopted in 2015 by all nations, provide a pathway to an aspirational and anticipated future for human development. The global community agreed to achieve this actionable agenda by 2030 - therefore it is called "2030 Agenda". The 17 goals of this agenda specify far-reaching time-bound, often quantified, objectives based on the most comprehensive consultation held so far among nations. For the first time, the world adopted a common framework that integrates wide-ranging and ambitious goals for inclusive social and economic development in harmony with global environmental targets for oceans, freshwater, biodiversity, and climate. They essentially provide a roadmap for redefining sustainable development as a "people and planet agenda" that aims at a prosperous and fair world respecting the planetary boundaries.
A common effort
The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is global multi-year, multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary research initiative designed to provide a science-based, integrative approach to address all 17 SDGs building on the synergies and multiple benefits while alleviating trade-offs across competing SDGs. The new report Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, launched today at the UN High Level Political Forum in New York, US, brings together the work of more than 60 authors from 20 organizations involved in the initiative.
TWI2050 brings together a network of more than 150 participants that includes leading policymakers, analysts, modeling and analytical teams from 60 organizations from around the world to collaborate in developing pathways toward sustainable futures and the policy frameworks needed for implementing the SDGs, and more importantly, for achieving the needed transformational change.
The Institute in Brief:
The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading Think Tanks for development policy world-wide. It is based in the UN City of Bonn. DIE builds bridges between theory and practice and works within international research networks. The key to DIE's success is its institutional independence, which is guaranteed by the Institute's founding statute. Since its founding in 1964, DIE has based its work on the interplay between Research, Consulting and Training. These three areas complement each other and are the factors responsible for the Institute's distinctive profile.
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The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is headed by Dirk Messner (Director) and Imme Scholz (Deputy Director). DIE is member of the Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft.