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Heading towards an unsustainable world: some of the implications of not achieving the SDGs

Leal Filho, Walter and Wolf, Franziska and Lange Salvia, Amanda and Beynaghi, Ali and Shulla, Kalterina and Kovaleva, Marina and Vasconcelos, Claudio RP (2020) Heading towards an unsustainable world: some of the implications of not achieving the SDGs. Discover Sustainability, 1 (1).

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Abstract

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were conceived at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 (Rio + 20), and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015. They are part of a larger framework, namely the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Since then, many countries round the world have been engaging in respect of their implementation. The slow progress seen in the implementation of the SDGs, is in contrast with the many negative implications of not implementing them. This paper outlines the relevance of the SDGs, the barriers currently seen in respect of their implementation and outlines what is at stake, if they are not duly implemented. To accomplish this, a thorough literature review of contributions published in the field of SDGs in English between the years 2012–2020 was performed.

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