Transforming our world: interdisciplinary insights on the Sustainable Development Goals

Today's world stands at the crossroads of major global challenges, ranging from poverty and inequality to climate change and environmental degradation. These pressing issues underscore the essential role of sustainable development in forging a prosperous, equitable, and peaceful future for all. Building on the insights and findings of SDSN Senior Working Group on the European Green Deal's previous reports, namely "Transformations for the Joint Implementation of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the European Green Deal: A Green and Digital, Job-Based and Inclusive Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic" (2021), and "Financing the Joint Implementation of Agenda 2030 and the European Green Deal" (2022), this year’s report explores in detail the multifaceted nature of sustainable development and offers invaluable insights to guide the policy decisions required to address these challenges. More specifically, in line with the work presented in 2021’s and 2022’s Reports, the current report also investigates the complicated web of factors affecting sustainable development. It emphasizes the importance of region-specific approaches to sustainable development, repeating the focus on the European Union's role presented in the previous reports. It explores the potential of the EU to redefine global sustainable development challenges and highlights the necessity of understanding interdependencies among different systems, a topic touched upon in our discussions about the close link between the European Green Deal and Agenda 2030, with the 17 SDGs.