Economics for the Sustainable Development Goals by Prof Patrick Paul Walsh at the Balsillie School of International Affairs

On 1 January 2016, the United Nations officially launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, spearheaded by 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. “The SDGs are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said of the 2030 Agenda, adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit at UN Headquarters in New York in September 2015. The SDGs address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, emphasizing that no one should be left behind. Broad and ambitious in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions.

In this seminar, Professor Patrick Paul Walsh will argue that economists have the theories and modelling techniques to integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions into one sustainable development pathway. He will identify the development of new SDG lead institutions as the key challenge for the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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