| 11-07-2018

Exploring new policy pathways

The world is off-track in terms of achieving sustainable development and fundamental policy changes, the Spotlight Report 2018 says

The most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda has been launched this week coinciding with the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) at the United Nations in New York by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions.


When UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda, they signaled with the title 'Transforming our World' that it should trigger fundamental changes in politics and society, argues the report. Yet, “three years after its adoption, most governments have failed to turn the vision of the 2030 Agenda into real policies. Even worse, policies in a growing number of countries are moving in the opposite direction, seriously undermining the spirit and the goals of the 2030 Agenda.”

The Spotlight 2018 report focuses on policies that are needed and, as the authors underline, “possible”. In their view, governments should promote policies that are genuinely coherent in the interest of sustainable development, human rights and gender justice.“The implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs must not be hidden in the niche of environment and development policies but must be declared a top priority by all heads of government,” it reads.

The 160-page report is supported by a broad range of civil society organizations and trade unions, and informed by the experiences and reports of national and regional groups and coalitions from all parts of the world. The contributions cover many aspects of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs (and beyond), and reflect the rich geographic and cultural diversity of their authors.

Download the     full report here (pdf, 3,5 MB)