12 July 2018
United Nations Secretariat Building S-1522/23 (15th floor)

Launch of report "Transformations to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals"

Report prepared by The World in 2050 initiative

© TWI2050

© TWI2050

This first The World in 2050 (TWI2050) report will be launched at the High-level Political Forum (HLPF). It presents major challenges facing humanity to achieve the transformative changes toward sustainable futures. Rather than projecting into the future, it describes the compelling narrative from a ‘backcasting’ perspective, namely what needs to be done now and in the immediate future to steer the international community, in a cooperative way, toward achievement of 2030 Agenda and good life for all on the healthy planet beyond 2030. The transformative, model-based sustainable development pathways (SDPs) that are in the process of being developed by TWI2050 are the core of the report presenting an integrative approach that builds on the potential synergies across the 17 SDGs. Finally, the report provides perspective on profound dynamics of social changes needed to achieve the SDGs as well as policy options for those responsible for the implementation of the SDGs.

In order to provide more actionable policy recommendations, six exemplary transformations are highlighted throughout the report: i) Human capacity and demography; ii) Consumption and production; iii) Decarbonization and energy; iv) Food, biosphere and water; v) Smart cities; and vi) Digital revolution. They provide a ‘silver tread’ throughout the report and translate the SDGs into actionable way forward for a plethora of stakeholders and major groups. The report calls for both transformative change and policy coherence. It demonstrates how systems analysis supports decisions makers toward holistic policymaking, considering all dimensions of sustainability – society, economy and the environment and how they are interrelated. The TWI2050 approach provides guidance to target audiences based on the six transformations, such as policymakers, mayors, businesses, investors, civil society, and the scientific community.

The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative

The TWI2050 initiative endeavors to demonstrate how the objectives of sustainable development within planetary boundaries can be met, ensuring prosperity, social inclusion, and good governance for all. TWI2050 is a global research initiative launched by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC). The initiative brings together a network of more than 150 participants that includes leading policymakers, analysts, modeling and analytical teams from 60 organizations from around the world to collaborate in developing pathways toward sustainable futures and the policy frameworks needed for implementing the SDGs, and more importantly, for achieving the needed transformational change.

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Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Distinguished Emeritus Research Scholar Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program

Caroline Zimm

Research Scholar Equity and Justice Research Group - Population and Just Societies Program

Research Scholar Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions Research Group - Energy, Climate, and Environment Program



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