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Think Change episode 30: halfway to 2030, are the SDGs still relevant?

Written by Sara Pantuliano, Ambassador David Donoghue, Rachel Kyte, Macharia Kamau

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The High-Level Week of the UN General Assembly is about to get under way. This is a significant year because it marks a halfway point in the delivery of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs or ‘Global Goals’), which were adopted in a 2015 UN resolution known as Agenda 2030.

These goals were designed to provide a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.” Following the Covid-19 pandemic and other compounding shocks which we’ve come to call the “poly-crisis”, there has been much debate about how to get the SDGs back on track. But were they achievable in the first place? And as governments face stark trade-offs in the face of multiple crises, how useful are the SDGs as a framework for navigating them?

This episode examines what collective progress has been made towards Agenda 2030, and what a post-Agenda 2030 could look like.


  • Sara Pantuliano, Chief Executive, ODI (host)
  • Ambassador David Donoghue, ODI Distinguished Fellow
  • Rachel Kyte, the 14th Dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University
  • Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Kenya's Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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