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Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation

Norichika Kanie and Frank Biermann


In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals mark the most ambitious effort yet to place goal setting at the center of global governance and policy. This book is the first book addressing global governance through goals, asking three sets of questions. First, the book studies in detail the core characteristics of goal setting in global governance, asking when it is an appropriate strategy in global governance and what makes global governance through goal ... More

Keywords: Governance, Global, Goal Setting, Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Development, Millennium Development Goals, rule-making, Partnerships, Strategy, United Nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780262035620
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262035620.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norichika Kanie, editor
Keio University

Frank Biermann, editor
Utrecht University

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1 Introduction: Global Governance through Goal Setting

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

I Goal Setting as a Governance Strategy

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

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

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

5 Measuring Progress in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

László Pintér, Marcel Kok, and Dora Almassy

II Learning from the Past

III Operational Challenges

11 Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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