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    When the alarm bells ring: Why the UN sustainable development goals may not be achieved by 2030

    Leal, W ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1241-5225, Viera Trevisan, L, Simon Rampasso, I, Anholon, R, Pimenta Dinis, MA, Londero Brandli, L, Sierra, J, Lange Salvia, A, Pretorius, R, Nicolau, M, Paulino Pires Eustachio, JH and Mazutti, J (2023) When the alarm bells ring: Why the UN sustainable development goals may not be achieved by 2030. Journal of Cleaner Production, 407. p. 137108. ISSN 0959-6526

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    When the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed upon by the UN General Assembly in 2015, and subsequently endorsed by most UN Member States, there was a sense of optimism in respect of their timely implementation by 2030. This optimism has now become a concern. This is due to the fact that a combination of unfavourable circumstances and crises have so severely undermined the pursuit of the SDGs, that there are serious concerns about the probability of their achievement by 2030. This paper reports on an expert-driven literature review of the implementation of the SDGs and a bibliometric analysis, aimed at identifying some of the issues which have been slowing SDGs’ progress. Based on the information gathered, it suggests some specific measures which may be deployed, in order to accelerate their implementation by 2030.

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