Policy: Five Priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals

  • Citation: Lu, Y., Nakicenovic, N., Visbeck, M. et al. “Policy: Five priorities for the UN Sustainable Development Goals”. Nature 520, 432–433 (2015).
    • Topics:
    • Global Development
    • Keywords:
    • sustainable development goals
    • indicators of improvement
    • quantitative indicators
    • monitoring mechanisms
    • evaluation criteria
    • data processing
    • data standardization

This week, the United Nations is deliberating in New York how to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that it will launch formally in September. Science must be at the heart of its plans.The SDGs place greater demands on the scientific community than did the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which they replace1. Addressing climate change, renewable energy, food, health and water provision requires coordinated global monitoring and modelling of many factors — social, economic and environmental.

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