As the UN adopts a new sustainable development agenda, what should all International Affairs students know?

Published on September 25, 2015

More than 150 world leaders are expected to adopt a new sustainable development agenda today, September 25, 2015, at the 3-day UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York. The new agenda consists of 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) encompassing three broad aims to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by the year 2030. The SDGs replace the eight millennium development goals (MDGs) launched in 2000.

What  should you know about the SDGs? We asked Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Chair of the Development concentration at The New School for her insight.

For more information on the Sustainable Development Goals, read “Post 2015: a new era ofaccountability?,” an article Fakuda-Parr co-authored with Desmond McNeill in The Journal of Global Ethics. The article argues that the Sustainable Development Goals need to recognise the structural constraints facing poor countries – the power imbalances in the global economic system that limit their ability to promote the prosperity and well-being of their people.

Following this post, on September 30, 2015, Professor Fukuda-Parr also authored a guest entry on Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) blog titled “The 2030 agenda and the SDGs—a course correction? The piece argues that the new development agenda’s success will depend on the capacity and determination of civil society to leverage the necessary political will.