Learn more about the Sustainable Development Goals

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MethodSpace is following and sharing news from the Bonn Climate Conference, now underway. We are particularly focused on the opportunities and implications for researchers and educators– and our students. To that end, we are interested in the upcoming launch of the Universities Network for Climate Change.

You are not alone if you have missed news on developments that have occurred since the Paris Agreement was signed. For those who need an update, this post provides a very general overview with links to relevant United Nations sites and open-access scholarly articles.

What is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change?

The UNFCC is an international environmental treaty produced at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The initial treaty went into force in 1994. Paries have met annually since 1995 in Conferences of the Parties (COP) to assess progress in dealing with climate change. At the 2015 meeting, the UN Paris Agreement was adopted.

The ultimate objective of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is to prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system. To that end, countries are working to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to climate change and accelerate sustainable development. While developed countries are taking the lead, all countries are enhancing efforts to address climate change.

Learn more here.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The United Nations (UNs) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets were formalized in the 2015 UN Paris Agreement.  These inter-related goals mesh economic, social, and environmental elements of sustainable development that point to critical needs to strategically address a wide range of issues. The SDGs touch virtually every area of life, work, and community from gender equality, technology access, lifelong learning, to health.

What are researchers doing to study questions related to the SDGs?

The broad, multidisciplinary scope of the SDGs have motivated researchers as is evident in the collection of open access articles listed below. Please use the comment area to add other references.

Akenroye, T. O., Nygård, H. M., & Eyo, A. (2018). Towards implementation of sustainable development goals (SDG) in developing nations: A useful funding framework. International Area Studies Review, 21(1), 3-8. doi:10.1177/2233865917743357

Fahey, S., Verstraten, L., & Berry, A. J. (2016). Education for sustainable development: Enhancing climate change adaptation expertise in developing countriesJournal of Education for Sustainable Development, 10(1), 54-67. doi:10.1177/0973408215625534

Frey, D. F., & MacNaughton, G. (2016). A human rights lens on full employment and decent work in the 2030 Sustainable Development AgendaSAGE Open, 6(2), 2158244016649580. doi:10.1177/2158244016649580

Grosso, M., & Falasconi, L. (2018). Addressing food wastage in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development GoalsWaste Management & Research, 36(2), 97-98. doi:10.1177/0734242X17751968

Kim, E. M. (2017). Gender and the sustainable development goals. Global Social Policy, 17(2), 239-244. doi:10.1177/1468018117703444

Koivusalo, M. (2017). Global health policy in Sustainable Development GoalsGlobal Social Policy, 17(2), 224-230. doi:10.1177/1468018117703442

Kwon, H.-j. (2017). Implications of the Sustainable Development Goals for global social policyGlobal Social Policy, 17(2), 206-209. doi:10.1177/1468018117703439

Piper, N. (2017). Migration and the SDGs. Global Social Policy, 17(2), 231-238. doi:10.1177/1468018117703443

Reckien, D., Creutzig, F., Fernandez, B., Lwasa, S., Tovar-Restrepo, M., Mcevoy, D., & Satterthwaite, D. (2017). Climate change, equity and the Sustainable Development Goals: An urban perspectiveEnvironment and Urbanization, 29(1), 159-182. doi:10.1177/0956247816677778

Revi, A. (2016). Afterwards: Habitat III and the Sustainable Development Goals. Urbanisation, 1(2), x-xiv. doi:10.1177/2455747116682899

Schreck, P., & Raithel, S. (2018). Corporate social performance, firm size, and organizational visibility: Distinct and joint effects on voluntary sustainability reporting. Business & Society, 57(4), 742-778. doi:10.1177/0007650315613120

Stephens, A., Lewis, E. D., & Reddy, S. (2018). Towards an inclusive systemic evaluation for the SDGs: Gender equality, environments and marginalized voices (GEMs). Evaluation, 24(2), 220-236. doi:10.1177/1356389018766093

Sterling, S. (2016). A commentary on education and Sustainable Development GoalsJournal of Education for Sustainable Development, 10(2), 208-213. doi:10.1177/0973408216661886

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