Review of Targets for the Sustainable Development Goals: The Science Perspective

Anne-Sophie Stevance, Johannes Mengel, Denise Young et al.
International Council for Science (ICSU), and International Social Science Council (ISSC), 2015

92 pp. 6.6 MB:
http://www.icsu.org/publications/reports-and-reviews/review-of-targets-for-the-
sustainable-development-goals-the-science-perspective-2015/SDG-Report.pdf
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The SDGs offer a “major improvement” over their predecessors, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, this report finds that of the 169 targets beneath the 17 draft goals, just 29% are well defined and based on the latest scientific evidence, while 54% need more work and 17% are weak or non-essential. The report finds the targets suffer from a lack of integration, some repetition and rely too much on vague, qualitative language rather than hard, measurable, time-bound, quantitative targets.

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