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Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Offers Insights on Sustainable Development Goals


To achieve meaningful and sustainable development, the international community needs to recognize and remedy the power imbalances in the global economic system that limit their ability to promote the prosperity and well-being of their people.

That’s the message from Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, professor of International Affairs at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

Following the recent United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Fukuda-Parr offered her insight on 17 new sustainable development goals (SDGs), including an an end to extreme poverty, remedies to inequality and injustice, and a comprehensive solution to climate change. The SDGs replace the eight millennium development goals (MDGs) launched in 2000.

“The future of sustainable development that is inclusive, equitable and socially just cannot just be a matter of removing people from abject poverty, it’s about what goes on here as well,” Fukuda-Parr says in a recent video interview. “It’s a matter of global solidarity.”

For more of Fukuda-Parr’s thoughts on the Sustainable Development Goals, read “Post 2015: A New Era of Accountability?,” an article she co-authored with Desmond McNeill in The Journal of Global Ethics.

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