The United Nations recently released the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2023, authored by a group of 15 esteemed scientists. This report serves as a crucial input to Member States’ review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, highlighting the progress made and the challenges encountered in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this blog, we will explore the key findings and recommendations of the GSDR 2023.
The GSDR 2023 builds upon its predecessor, the 2019 GSDR, to provide decision-makers with evidence-based insights on accelerating progress towards sustainable development. At the halfway mark of the 2030 Agenda, the report raises concerns that the world is falling off track, attributing this setback to the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, conflicts, inflation, and rising costs of living. It emphasizes the urgent need for transformative action to address these challenges.
Six Crucial Entry Points:
GSDR 2023 focuses on six entry points for transformation that are considered crucial in achieving sustainable development across various SDGs:
- Human well-being and capabilities
- Sustainable and just economies
- Sustainable food systems and healthy nutrition patterns
- Energy decarbonization with universal access
- Urban and peri-urban development
- The global environmental commons
The report identifies these entry points as areas where actions can have a significant impact on advancing sustainable development goals.
Leveraging Science for Transformation:
To facilitate transformation, the GSDR 2023 proposes four levers identified in the 2019 report, namely governance, economy and finance, science and technology, and individual and collective action. Additionally, the report introduces capacity building as a fifth lever. It emphasizes the importance of scientific activity outside high-income countries and calls for socially robust science rooted in trust and integrity.
Key Recommendations and Calls to Action:
The GSDR 2023 concludes with a series of recommendations to drive sustainable development:
- Elaborating national plans of action to counter negative trends and stagnation in SDG implementation.
- Encouraging local and industry-specific planning to contribute to national strategies.
- Increasing fiscal space through initiatives like tax reforms, debt restructuring, and engagement by international finance institutions.
- Investing in SDG-related data, science-based tools, and policy learning.
- Strengthening partnerships to enhance the science-policy-society interface.
- Implementing measures to improve accountability of governments and stakeholders.
- Building capacity for transformation at individual, institutional, and network levels is highlighted as crucial, along with implementing synergetic interventions across the six entry points for sustainability transformation.
Collaboration and Transformative Science:
The GSDR 2023 draws on regional and cross-disciplinary perspectives gathered through consultations. The International Science Council (ISC) coordinated the technical review process by the scientific community. It stresses the importance of aligning science, policy, and society to create a future where people and nature thrive together.
The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2023 serves as a vital resource to accelerate progress towards sustainable development. While challenges persist, the report highlights that transformations are not only possible but inevitable. By adopting the recommended strategies and leveraging the six entry points, we can drive positive change and ensure a prosperous future for all.
Turritopsis, alongside its partners, remains committed to advancing sustainable development and incorporating transformative science into decision-making. Let us unite, implement effective measures, and work collectively towards achieving the SDGs and building a sustainable world.
For more information and to access the full GSDR 2023 report, visit: https://sdgs.un.org/sites/default/files/2023-06/Advance%20unedited%20GSDR%2014June2023.pdf