From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

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From Summits to Solutions: Innovations in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Based on current estimates, a status quo approach to Sustainable Development Goals will no longer suffice because majority of the countries worldwide are off-track in achieving the goals by 2030. New methodologies are needed globally, nationally, and locally so that trajectories may be altered and every goal can be achieved.

This book defines the imperative to change the business-as-usual attitude that carries with it the risk of active inertia in the bureaucracies of governments and companies and offers practical suggestions for innovations that can bring about the necessary transformation.

A collaborative effort made by the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute has led to the publication of this book, which is edited by JICA Senior Vice President Hiroshi Kato and three Brookings experts.

The book is structured in three parts and consists of 16 chapters. Part I, “Capturing Value,” examines what our current economic system fails to measure and capture full value, whether in the form of women’s unpaid work, and environmental and social sustainability. Part II, “Targeting Places,” examines new methods of targeting the geographic locations where changes are required including oceans, rural areas, and fast-growing developing cities. Part III, “Updating Governance,” discusses innovations in multi-stakeholder governance, which will be crucial in areas such as the participation of citizens, multilateral banking, and the global commons.

Ryuichi Tomizawa and Noriharu Masugi of JICA wrote Chapter 9, “Enhancing Statistical Capacity for Development,” and Ikuo Takizawa of JICA authored Chapter 15, entitled “Unity in Diversity: Reshaping the Global Health Architecture.”

Joint Research Project
Raj M. Desai, KATO Hiroshi, Homi KHARAS, John W. McArthur
Date of issuance
July 2018
Brookings Institution Press
Number of pages
300 page
9780815736639 (Paperback)
9780815736646 (EBook)
Research project