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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Series Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

Humans now influence all biological and physical systems of the planet. Almost no species, land area, or part of the oceans has remained unaffected by the expansion of the human species. Recent scientific findings suggest that the entire earth system now operates outside the normal state exhibited...

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

It was in September 2011, in the midst of the Hakone Mountains in Japan, when we first learned about the novel idea of “sustainable development goals.” This idea was advanced by Jimena Leiva Roesch, then representative of the government of Guatemala to the United Nations, at an intense...

List of Acronyms

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pp. xvii-xviii

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1. Introduction: Global Governance through Goal Setting

Norichika Kanie, Steven Bernstein, Frank Biermann, and Peter M. Haas

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pp. 1-28

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA 2015). The Sustainable Development Goals were to build upon and broaden the scope of the earlier Millennium Development...

I. Goal Setting as a Governance Strategy

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2. Conceptualization: Goal Setting as a Strategy for Earth System Governance

Oran R. Young

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pp. 31-52

The challenge of meeting needs for governance has emerged as a central concern in many social settings, not least in international society where there is no overarching government to take responsibility and where we are confronted with the formidable complexities of integrating the biophysical...

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3. Goal Setting in the Anthropocene: The Ultimate Challenge of Planetary Stewardship

Oran R. Young, Arild Underdal, Norichika Kanie, and Rakhyun E. Kim

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pp. 53-74

The UN General Assembly’s Millennium Declaration, adopted in 2000, launched a global effort to eradicate poverty, improve basic human health, and enhance food security, educational opportunities, and gender equality. Although exogenous factors, such as economic growth and democratic...

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4. Global Goal Setting for Improving National Governance and Policy

Frank Biermann, Casey Stevens, Steven Bernstein, Aarti Gupta, Norichika Kanie, Måns Nilsson, and Michelle Scobie

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pp. 75-98

Can better governance, in itself, be a subject for global goal setting? This question stands at the center of this chapter, which focuses on the inclusion of “governance goals” in global goal-setting mechanisms, especially the Sustainable Development Goals agreed upon by the UN General Assembly...

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5. Measuring Progress in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

László Pintér, Marcel Kok, and Dora Almassy

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pp. 99-134

The momentum offered by the Sustainable Development Goals could help find a common voice for diffuse measurement efforts. Measurement has become one of the important elements of the means of implementation, with both the UN Statistical Commission and Division playing key roles...

II. Learning from the Past

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6. Ideas, Beliefs, and Policy Linkages: Lessons from Food, Water, and Energy Policies

Peter M. Haas and Casey Stevens

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pp. 137-164

Efforts by the United Nations to draft the Sustainable Development Goals have been driven by a belief in the need for a more integrated global policy framework and to create more international communities of practice around complexes that combine diffuse issues (UNGA 2012; Jeremić and...

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7. Lessons from the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals

Steinar Andresen and Masahiko Iguchi

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pp. 165-186

When assessing the Sustainable Development Goals, it makes sense to consider the lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals. While the former are universal goals and the latter focuses on developing countries, there are still similarities between these two goal-based approaches..

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8. Corporate Water Stewardship: Lessons for Goal-based Hybrid Governance

Takahiro Yamada

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pp. 187-210

Corporations are increasingly becoming an important element in global environmentalism. They are not only publicizing their own eco-friendly business operations and products, but they are beginning to hold themselves more accountable for the actions of their suppliers as well. Moreover...

III. Operational Challenges

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9. The United Nations and the Governance of Sustainable Development Goals

Steven Bernstein

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pp. 213-240

The purpose of the Sustainable Development Goals is to mobilize action to address systemic challenges across economic, social, and ecological dimensions of sustainable development. However, even if the goals were perfectly designed according to criteria identified by other contributors to...

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10. The Sustainable Development Goals and Multilateral Agreements

Arild Underdal and Rakhyun E. Kim

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pp. 241-258

This chapter builds on Young’s insightful analysis (this volume, chapter 2) of potential advantages and limitations of goal setting as a general strategy for earth system governance, but focuses on one particular function, namely that of reforming or rearranging existing elements of earth system governance...

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11. Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Tancrède Voituriez, Kanako Morita, Thierry Giordano, Noura Bakkour, and Noriko Shimizu

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pp. 259-274

In March 2002, the Monterrey Conference on Financing for Development called for greater mobilization of private finance to support poverty reduction through economic growth and job creation (UNGA 2002). In September of that same year, at the Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable...

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12. Toward a Multi-level Action Framework for Sustainable Development Goals

Joyeeta Gupta and Måns Nilsson

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pp. 275-294

The Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UNGA 2015) go beyond the earlier Millennium Development Goals. They do not simply focus on taking action in the developing world supported by development cooperation agencies and development...

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13. Conclusion: Key Challenges for Global Governance through Goals

Frank Biermann and Norichika Kanie

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pp. 295-310

As numerous commentators have suggested, 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be seen as an unprecedented step to advance and strengthen a novel type of governance that will guide and “orchestrate” public policies and private efforts over the next 15 years. While there have been...

Annexes

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pp. 311-318

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Contributors

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pp. 319-326

Dora Almassy is a PhD candidate in the environmental sciences and policy department at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her thesis research aims to identify the key national governance aspects of international environmental goal-setting and implementation processes...

Index

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pp. 327-333