The UNs global goals initiative sets out 17 goals for a better world and include ending poverty and protecting the environment, among others. The most pertinent issue, however, is how these goals are to be achieved.
Achieving global sustainable development is the biggest challenge of our time to meet the climate heating crisis. While the ambition expressed in these goals is laudable, and even necessary, will they lead to changes in governance that actually produce tangible results. While the UN has established the goals as an ideal there is no evidence yet that we can live up to their extremely high expectations. Sustainability is actually achieved through concrete actions, standard practices and the institutions that make them a reality – not on aspirations that say little if anything about the concrete actions that are required to achieve them or corresponding compliance mechanisms.