Sustainable Development Goals

The adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September 2015 implies an imperative not only for decision-makers in the political realm, but also for a broad range of actors from business, academia and civil society. This is the imperative to successfully implement and increase the political relevance of the goals over the course of the next 15 years. The Economics & Culture programme will play its part here by investigating and amplifying the meaning(s) and political connotations of the SDGs, even in seemingly remote areas like the arts.

In the past, we have contributed to discussions on the foundations of the global goals through a series of workshops in 2012 that resulted in various publications, including one on the matter of an SDG for cities. In this case, a workshop series on the links between local and global development goals in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, was also very useful. Colombia was the country to introduce SDGs into the international debate. The high-level dialogues took place at the Botanical Garden in Bogotá, the IASS project partner, and led to an international symposium with a special focus on cities in October 2013 in addition to a Policy Brief. After the adoption of the SDGs, we had a critical look at the narrative that had developed (or been lost) over the course of the negotiation phase.