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The European Journal of Development Research

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 163–165 | Cite as

The Extraordinary Opportunity of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

  • Achim Steiner
Commentary

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.

The list of symptoms goes on.
  • 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...

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© European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Nations Development ProgrammeNew YorkUSA

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