Towards integration at last? The sustainable development goals as a network of targets

by David Le Blanc
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN DESA
DESA Working Paper No. 141, March 2015

19 pp. 423 kB: 005_resize

In 2014, UN Member States proposed a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as reference goals for the international development community for the period 2015-2030. The proposed goals and targets can be seen as a network, in which links among goals exist through targets that refer to multiple goals. Using network analysis techniques, the authors show that some thematic areas covered by the SDGs are well connected among one another. Other parts of the network have weaker connections with the rest of the system. The SDGs as a whole are a more integrated system than the MDGs were, which may facilitate policy integration across sectors.

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