SDG Action publications

Publications are released regularly throughout the year to coincide with major global diplomacy events.

Climate Action edition 2022: Ideas into action

The impacts of global warming are already with us. Further deterioration is now unavoidable. Since the Paris Agreement of 2015, lack of political will, a failure to deliver on commitments, or plain obstruction have all but wasted the available time to act. The stakes over who will pay the price, financial or human, have been raised: climate action must address the issue of climate justice and reparations.

This edition explores the goals of climate action, and identifies areas where the most radical transformations are required.

Authors include Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Pascoe Sabido, Phoebe Koundouri, Mahmoud Mohieldin, Claudia Sadoff and Aromar Revi.

Publication date: 2 November 2022

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Sustainable Cities Special Focus 2022

Cities are the frontline for climate action, where climate impacts can do most harm but also where the resources to combat the effects are most concentrated.

The stakes are rapidly rising: 4.2 billion people live in cities and that number increases by 1.5 million per week. The current trajectory of global warming and the development of cities is unsustainable, and the prospect for future generations is dire. However, cities hold the key to reversing the tide and securing a sustainable future for all people on the planet.

This Special Focus includes articles on a range of areas where cities will be the focal point for developing carbon-free and climate-resilient solutions. Topics covered include the structure of settlements, the future of mobility, and low-impact construction.

Authors include Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Karen Scrivener, Christopher Dekki, Alice Yiu, and Cassie Sutherland.

Publication date: 19 October 2022

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SDGs edition 2022: SDGs in the balance

As the SDGs approach their midpoint, progress has stalled. The COVID-19 pandemic has especially impacted socio-economic goals SDG 1 (no poverty) and SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth). There is fragility on all fronts: society, economy, climate, and environment. There needs to be a strong political commitment to build protection based on the SDGs – a commitment that is currently lacking.

This edition features articles from a wide array of experts, including Rebeca Grynspan, Sima Bahous, Francesco La Camera, Estherine Fotabong, John Podesta, Bambang Susantono, Nathalie Girouard, Marco Lambertini, Damilola Ogunbiyi, Justyna Gudzowska, Susan Gardner, and K. Srinath Reddy.

Publication date: 5 July 2022

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Energy Transition Special Focus 2022

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its assessment report on impacts of climate change: it reinforces previous assessments that the crisis is underway; attempts at adaptation are failing to keep up with the threats; and our window to act is rapidly closing. Transitioning from fossil-fuel based energy systems will be central to limiting global warming to within the 1.5°C target.

This Special Focus includes articles on many of the contentious issues that are slowing action to mitigate. Topics covered include infrastructure redesign; perceived conflict between economy and climate action; planning objections in developed economies; and finance for renewable energy in least developed countries.

Authors include Francesco La Camera, Damilola Ogunbiyi, Keith Bell, Nathalie Girouard, Grace Wu and Phoebe Koundouri.

Publication date: 2 May 2022

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Environment Special Focus 2022

The Environment Special Focus looks at the threat human activity poses to the environment and sets out what needs to be done to protect the vital Earth-systems processes on which life depends.

This edition covers the most pressing environmental issues: biodiversity loss, plastic pollution, ocean health, threats to planetary boundaries, nature-based solutions for climate action, and sustainable cities.

Authors include Marco Lambertini, Susan Gardner, Bambang Susantono, Katherine Richardson, John Podesta and Aline Mosnier.

Publication date: 14 March 2022

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Climate Action edition 2021

The Climate Action edition, released for COP26, brings together a wide array of global leaders from business, academia, politics, and civil society. This collection of powerful articles sets out a roadmap for action, with a particular focus on breaking the inertia.

There are articles from more than 50 experts, including Amina J. Mohammed, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ibrahim Thiaw, Rose Mwebaza, Laurence Tubiana, Shaukat Aziz, Tarja Halonen, Claire Melamed, Bineta Diop, and Eduardo Mansur.

Publication date: 29 October 2021

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SDGs edition 2021

The SDGs edition gives a holistic view of where things currently stand, identifying opportunities and providing tangible ways to accelerate progress. It provides a framework to understand the complex interdependencies, highlights priorities and dilemmas, and, most importantly, offers solutions. It will be relevant for sustainability practitioners in all sectors.

This publication features articles from world-leading experts including Amina J. Mohammed, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Preeti Sinha, Peter Bakker, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Teresa Ribera, Johan Rockström, Kirsten Brosbøl, Nebojsa Nakicenovic, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Publication date: 30 June 2021

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