1st Edition

Fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals
On a Quest for a Sustainable World

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ISBN 9780367700256
August 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
574 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book contains assessment of the progress, or the lack of it, in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through review of the assessments and of case studies, readers can draw lessons from the actions that could work to positively address the goals.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is designed to catalyze action in critical areas of importance to humanity and the planet. The effort to implement the SDGs, however, demands a sense of urgency in the face of environmental degradation, climate change, emerging conflicts, and growing inequality, among a number of other socio-economic problems. Five years after the launch of the 2030 Agenda, this book takes stock of how far the world has come and how we can position ourselves to achieve the global targets. The book is one of the first to assess how the implementation is impeded by the onset of COVID-19. It contains a special chapter on COVID-19 and the SDGs, while many thematic chapters on different SDGs also assess how COVID-19 adversely affects implementation, and what measures could be taken to minimize the adverse effects.

This publication thus provides a fresh look at implementation of the SDGs highlighting impactful and creative actions that go beyond the business-as-usual development efforts. The volume reinforces this analysis with expert recommendations on how to support implementation efforts and achieve the SDGs through international and national strategies and the involvement of both the public and private sectors. The result is an indispensable textual tool for policy makers, academia, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as the public, as we march toward the 2030 deadline.

Table of Contents

Foreword: James Gustave Speth

Preface: Narinder Kakar, Vesselin Popovski and Nicholas Robinson


A. Special Introduction: H.E.
Ms. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations

B. Multilateralism Under Challenge:
H.E. Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly

C. COVID-19 and the SDGs:
Joe Colombano and David Nabarro


    1. P E O P L E
    2.  Chapter 1: Extreme Poverty Eradication: Conceptual Evolution and Policy Challenges Vesselin Popovski and Krassen Stanchev

      Chapter 2: Critical Assessment of the Latest Progress in Eradication of Extreme Poverty
      Aisha Muhammed-Oyebod

      Chapter 3: Achieving
      Zero Hunger Using a Rights-based Approach to Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
      Smita Narula

      Chapter 4: Health and Sustainable Development: Assessing Progress and Challenges Obijiofor Aginam  

      Chapter 5: Gender Equality and Women Empowerment: Critical Assessment of the Implementation of SDG 5
      Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode

      Chapter 6: Sustainable Management of Water and Sanitation: A Long and Winding Road Ahead
      Zhou Di

      Chapter 7: Inclusive, Safe, and Resilient Cities and Settlements
      Duan Cheche


    3. P R O S P E R I T Y

      Chapter 8: Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: Why Are We Missing the Mark?
      Anna Shostya

      Chapter 9: Environmental Education
      Lye Lin-Heng

      Chapter 10: STEM Education: Environmental Restoration Science in New York Harbor
      Lauren Birney and Denise McNamara

      Chapter 11: Working Together Toward Sustained and Inclusive Growth
      Joseph Morreale

      Chapter 12: The Road to Sustainable Industrialization
      Anna Shostya

      Chapter 13: Reducing Inequality and Sharing Opportunities for All
      Vesselin Popovski

    5. P L A N E T
    6. Chapter 14: Accelerating the Energy Transformation
      Minoru Takada, David Koranyi, Richard Ottinger, Bo Fu, and Pianpian Wang

      Chapter 15: Toward Sustainable Consumption and Production
      Anna Shostya and Narinder Kakar

      Chapter 16: Missing Climate Action: Gaps in the Implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change
      Vesselin Popovski

      Chapter 17: Climate Change and Small Islands
      Tessel van der Putte

      Chapter 18: Achieving SDG 14: Time for a Global Ocean Approach
      Kristina Gjerde and Marjo Vierros

      Chapter 19: Legal Tools in Combating Marine Pollution and Mitigating the Effects of Acidification
      Annick de Marffy-Mantuano

      Chapter 20: Marine Pollution: Maximizing Synergies for Transformative Changes
      Hiroko Muraki Gottlieb

      Chapter 21: Sustainable Use of Terrestrial Ecosystems and Protection of Biodiversity
      John G. Robinson and Federica Pesce

      Chapter 22: Restoration of Ecosystems and Land Degradation Neutrality
      Ben Boer and Ian Hannam 

    7. P E A C E
    8. Chapter 23: Peaceful Societies and Leaving No One Behind
      Fatima Akilu

      Chapter 24: Nigeria’s Alternative Pathway to Peace
      Fatima Akilu

    9. P A R T N E R S H I P

Chapter 25: Partnering for a Better World: Shift from Sustainable Finance to Financing Sustainable Development
Joe Colombano, Marco Nicoli, and Aniket Shah

Chapter 26: Private Corporations and Environmental Social Governance: An Uneven Response
Mark E. Meaney

Chapter 27: From Means of Implementation to Implementation of Means: Realizing the SDGs as if they Matter
Mihir Kanade


Chapter 28: Interlinkages between Climate Change, Economic Inequality, and Human Migration
Joseph Morreale

Chapter 29 Indigenous Peoples, the SDGs, and International Environmental law
Anxhela Mile and Railla Puno

Chapter 30: Codification and Implementation of Customary International LawJuan
Carlos Sainz-Borgo

Chapter 31: Integrating the SDGs through "One Health"
Nicholas Robinson


Chapter 32: Pathways to 2030
Narinder Kakar, Vesselin Popovski and Nicholas Robinson

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Narinder Kakar is Director of the Sustainable Development Research Program and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Global Center for Environmental Legal Studies, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, USA, and Permanent Observer to the UN for the University of Peace, Costa Rica.

Vesselin Popovski is Professor and Vice Dean and Executive Director at the Center for the Study of United Nations, Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat, India.

Nicholas Robinson is University Professor for the Environment at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, USA.