Sustainable Development Goals risk being unworkable

Written by Andrew Norton, Director of Research at ODI on ODI’s expert comment page.

“At this week’s UN General Assembly, states will debate the proposed goals and targets for the post-2015 development agenda. The main text they will draw on is the goal and target set proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) on the SDGs.

The first thing that strikes you about the proposals is that they are big – very big. The OWG draft proposal outlines 17 goals and 169 targets. The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that end next year have just eight goals and 21 targets. Various commentators have argued that this is a problem – that if you propose everything as a priority, then nothing is a priority, as the saying goes.”

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