Annual report 2018: From policy to practice2018 was another challenging year in the politics of sustainable development. SEI, again ranked one of the world’s top two environmental policy think tanks, maintained its focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and on accelerating climate action.

Our approach to research and engagement makes an impact from global to local, translating the ambitious 2030 Agenda into actionable policies and effective practice.

“As the politics of sustainable development shift, dimensions such as health, poverty and gender and social equality are becoming even more central topics for us,” said Måns Nilsson, SEI’s Executive Director. “They are woven through environmental issues and challenges as drivers, as impact areas, and as levers for sustainable solutions.”

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals reflect a global consensus that economic, social and environmental aspects of development are inextricably linked and mutually dependent. SEI made important contributions to the development of the SDGs. As the goals were being negotiated SEI worked with country delegates and with partners in the Global South to develop capacity on the main issues and implications of the goals. We now offer scientific support on implementation and follow-up on the goals and the broader 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our contribution will be to bridge science, policy and practice to deliver the necessary change and capacities on the ground.