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Our Earth and its people face serious challenges, from ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss, climate change and pollution, and deepening inequality between the rich and poor.

Tackling these in a holistic and integrated fashion is the motivation behind the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 specific targets.

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    Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development

    Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development

    The High-Level Political Forum is responsible for tracking and facilitating the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals. Two things must happen if it is to be successful. 

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    How Can We Successfully Integrate the Sustainable Development Goals Into Our Current Policies?

    How Can We Successfully Integrate the Sustainable Development Goals Into Our Current Policies?

    How can we make sure that the Sustainable Development Goals are part of our governments' polices?

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    How Can the SDGs Contribute to Gender Equality?

    How Can the SDGs Contribute to Gender Equality?

    How are the Sustainable Development Goals looking to ensure gender equity. This International Women's Day, Livia Bizikova takes a look.

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    Taking the Leap to Realign Trade and Sustainable Development: Now is the time

    Taking the Leap to Realign Trade and Sustainable Development: Now is the time

    Senior Fellow Mark Halle explains why now, at this critical juncture, is the time to realign the trade sector and the concerns of the sustainable development agenda.

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    Sustainable Development Goals Interactive Tool

    Sustainable Development Goals Interactive Tool

    Discover how IISD research products relate to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals in different regions of the world.

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  • Commentary
    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    IISD Perspectives on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

    As the Sustainable Development Goals were in the final hours of negotiation in 2015, and in the early days of implementation in 2016, IISD experts reflected on the implications for countries, the UN system, and our own programs of work. These articles, first published as a series of blog postings, are the outward expression of that thought process. 

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    Eight Ways the Private Sector Can Apply the Sustainable Development Goals

    Eight Ways the Private Sector Can Apply the Sustainable Development Goals

    Cory Searcy looks at how companies can start implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in their business.

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    Ending Hunger: What would it cost?

    Ending Hunger: What would it cost?

    The International Institute for Sustainable Development and the International Food Policy Research Institute joined forces to estimate what it would cost to end hunger, and the contribution that donors need to make. 

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    Achieving the SDGs: Can we manage the pace?

    Achieving the SDGs: Can we manage the pace?

    The suite of global agreements adopted last year mostly focused on the coming 15-year period. So the question arises—can the intergovernmental community manage the pace necessary for success in the short time frame available? 

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    How Canada Can Be a Global Leader on the Sustainable Development Goals

    How Canada Can Be a Global Leader on the Sustainable Development Goals

    In an opinion piece originally published in The Hill Times, Julia Sánchez (CCIC) and Scott Vaughan argue that other countries are voluntarily reporting on progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, while Canada has no clear plan.

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