We see a number of dynamics affecting human life everyday. Some of these dynamics may have implications on the human beings for decades to come. Sustainable Development Goals( SDGs) are an enabler to countries to identify these dynamics and reach certain targets that may collectively uplift the quality of life and also make communities more resilient to emerging issues. However, it is time that certain concerns are addressed by looking further than a decade. The unbounded growth is endangering planetary support systems and increasing inequalities, the rich are getting richer and the poor even poorer. The transformation towards sustainable futures is an alternative possibility for people and the planet – a just and equitable world for all.
During the recently concluded High Level Political Forum(HLPF 2018) a special report was presented to the audience during a side event titled, “Transformative Pathways toward Sustainable and Resilient Societies in 2030 and Beyond”. The process introduced in the report is a response to the lack of science-based pathways in place for successfully achieving all SDGs simultaneously. TWI2050 was launched by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Stockholm Resilience Center(SRC), and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
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. To introduce actionable policy recommendations, six exemplary transformations are highlighted throughout the report and are summarized in the image below.
In addition, there are eight key messages included in the report that support the six transformations mentioned above.
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!
These fact based guiding tools are useful for young practitioners regardless of their field of work. Understanding these transformations and learning to shape their contributions in their respective fields will pave a way for SDGs to be achieved efficiently.
The report can be found here: