Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are due to be signed in September 2015 inaugurate the onsetof a new and potentially more ambitious policy framework in the international development discourse. Buildingon the broad success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which expire in 2015, the SDGs werenegotiated at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also referred to as the Rio+20, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, and involving large participation of the private sector, civil society actorsand governments. Resulting in an outcome document appropriately titled the ‘The Future We Want’1, the SDGsfocus on international developmental outcomes hinging on three pillars viz. economic, social andenvironmental 2 . They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainabledevelopment: the economic, social and environmental.