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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Global Governance Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Simon Dalby, Susan Horton, Rianne Mahon, Diana Thomaz


280 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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This book draws on the expertise of faculty and colleagues at the Balsillie School of International Affairs to both locate the 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 focussing 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 tradeoffs 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 policy-making nationally, internationally and those working in NGOs.

Table of Contents

    Foreword John Ravenhill

    1. Global Governance Challenges in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Introduction Simon Dalby, Susan Horton, and Rianne Mahon

    2. Food System Lessons from the SDGs Alison Blay-Palmer and Laine Young

    3. From MDGs to SDGs: Health Slips in Global Priorities Alan Whiteside

    4. Gender Equality from the MDGs to the SDGs: The Struggle Continues Sara Rose Taylor and Rianne Mahon

    5. Gender, Labour Migration Governance, and the SDGs: Lessons from the Case of Nepal Hari KC and Jenna L. Hennebry

    6. The Problem with International Migration and Sustainable Development Jonathan Crush

    7. SDGs and Climate Change Adaptation in Asian Megacities: Synergies and Opportunities for Transformation Idowu Ajibade and Michael Egge

    8. Climate Change, Security, and Sustainability Simon Dalby

    9. Development as a Determinant of Climate Risk and Policy Challenge Vanessa Schweizer

    10. Religion and the Sustainable Development Goals Paul Freston

    11. The Ecological Limits of the Sustainable Development Goals Stephen Quilley and Kaitlin Kish

    12. Development as Usual: Ethical Reflections on the SDGs Seyed Ali Hosseini

    13. Financing the Sustainable Development Goals: Beyond Official Development Assistance Susan Horton

    14. Sustainable Finance and the SDGs: The Role of the Banking Sector Olaf Weber

    15. Global Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals Alexandra R. Harrington

About the Editors

Simon Dalby, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Susan Horton, Professor, School of Public Health and Health Systems, and Professor, Economics, University of Waterloo, Canada

Rianne Mahon, Professor, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

Diana Thomaz, Doctoral Candidate, Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sustainable Development

This series uniquely brings together original and cutting-edge research on Sustainable Development. The books in this series tackle difficult and important issues in Sustainable Development including values and ethics; sustainability in higher education; climate compatible development; resilience; capitalism and de-growth; sustainable urban development; gender and participation; and well-being.

Drawing on a wide range of disciplines, the series promotes interdisciplinary research for an international readership. The series was recommended in the Guardian’s suggested reads for Development and Environment.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from young authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy