The challenges associated with the struggles for attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) and objectives are as diverse and complex as the variety of human societies, national conditions and natural ecosystems worldwide. Despite decades of economic growth and technological advances, our world is plagued by poverty, hunger, disease, conflicts, and inequality, and many societies are under the strain of environmental changes and governance failure.
Such global-scale challenges call for the SDGs to be translated beyond bold concepts and aspirational targets into concrete programs and feasible plans that are substantively valuable, locally acceptable, pragmatic, and operationally implementable. In the pursuit of the SDGs, positive results are far from guaranteed. Success is uncertain. Instead, the path forward requires difficult learning, experimentation, and adaptation by multiple stakeholders. Loss and sacrifice are foreseeable and often inevitable.
This important book captures the lessons from ongoing struggles and the early successes. Productive failures and emerging practices are identified, analyzed and promulgated for cross-learning by, and the inspiration of, like-minded individuals, organizations, communities, and nations worldwide. They can also inform and enrich the curricula in universities, training institutions, and schools to prepare future generations of citizens, leaders and activists with the ethos and values of sustainability and social responsibility. The book offers a platform for academics, practitioners, and concerned global citizens to identify pathways forward on the immense challenges of sustainability.
"May God bless this important and timely publication that brilliantly illuminates the multiple challenges that the sustainability crisis poses for humanity. This is a book bursting with expert knowledge, insights into many dimensions of our global crisis, and creative responses that bring hope and clarity to its readers."
Swami Agnivesh, social activist, politician and religious leader, and the author of Applied Spirituality, and recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (The Alternative Nobel Peace Prize), and founder of the Bonded Labor Liberation Front.
"This excellent resource, written by experts from around the globe who are committed to gender equality, anti-poverty initiatives, anti-corruption, and addressing the climate crisis, critically examines the UN SDGs and offers analysis, compelling test cases, and new proposals for how to concretely address some of our most intractable global issues."
Elizabeth W. Collier, PhD, Chair, North America Chapter, UN PRME, Christopher Chair in Business Ethics and Professor of Business Ethics, Brennan School of Business, Dominican University