Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: Changing the Game or More of the Same?

SAIS Review of International Affairs 34:2 (Summer-Fall 2014), 141-150

11 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2014

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Martin S. Edwards

Seton Hall University - School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Sthelyn Romero

Seton Hall University - School of Diplomacy and International Relations

Date Written: December 17, 2014

Abstract

The proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) now contain an innovative new goal focusing on promoting peaceful societies and building effective and accountable institutions. While these goals are being negotiated, it is worth asking whether this goal can help shape debates about development or whether we will look back on this in fifteen years as empty rhetoric. We argue that this governance goal has transformative potential on a number of fronts, including shaping the UN system, fragile states, and developed countries; but generating significant results will require the development of concrete and measurable indicators for peace and governance.

Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations

JEL Classification: F01, O01

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Martin S. and Romero, Sthelyn, Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals: Changing the Game or More of the Same? (December 17, 2014). SAIS Review of International Affairs 34:2 (Summer-Fall 2014), 141-150. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2539577

Martin S. Edwards (Contact Author)

Seton Hall University - School of Diplomacy and International Relations ( email )

South Orange, NJ 07079
United States

HOME PAGE: http://pirate.shu.edu/~edwardmb/

Sthelyn Romero

Seton Hall University - School of Diplomacy and International Relations ( email )

South Orange, NJ 07079

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