The Extraordinary Opportunity of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
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We live in extraordinary times, when the challenges we face may seem overwhelming, when a dark view of our common future can too easily grip our imaginations. Bigotry, racism, and xenophobia beguile easily. A fraying of social cohesion tears at the fabric of countries around the world, manifesting its worst in the form of extremism and protracted violence.
Climate change continues unabated.
Inequality has soared.
Politics has become ever more polarized. We see a resurgence of political ideologies in parts of the world that have not threatened since the end of World War II.
At the same time, we have the largest migration crisis in human history. Last year, over 65 million people worldwide were on the move, fleeing conflict, instability and/or poverty, and lack of opportunity.
These are the corrosive effects of a narrow, financially driven development model that has dominated public policy – from governments to central banks to development institutions – for...