SDG interactions and how to manage them

Everyone recognises that all the SDGs are interlinked, for example the UN Secretary-General called them an “indivisible whole”. In implementing the SDGs these interactions between SDGs need to be managed in order to maximise positive interlinkages or synergies and to manage negative interactions in the most effective way to avoid perverse outcomes. But how can this be achieved when systems are siloed and structured to be competitive and when working in a more systemic way carries overheads in terms of time, expertise and money.

This session will explore these issues and will present the finding of a report by the International Council on Science (ICSU) that used a simple framework to manage SDG interactions and applied it to four SDGs as follows:

  • SDG2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • SDG3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  • SDG7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

The session will consist of an opening presentation outlining the framework, followed by a panel discussion with brief introductions from each of the four SDGs. Finally there will be a short time for discussion.

These issues will be returned to in another session towards the end of Day 3 for a discussion of interactions that have emerged during the conference.