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Contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals reflect a global consensus that economic, social, and environmental aspects of development are inextricably linked and mutually dependent. We develop innovative methods and tools to enhance capacity within governments and with other actors to adopt systems thinking on the SDGs and to see this thinking reflected in decision-making.

Date published
25 November 2021

A coherent implementation of SDGs

In 2015, world leaders agreed on an ambitious global agenda for sustainable development in the United Nations General Assembly. The 2030 Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets are interconnected. Together, they create a picture of what a sustainable world could look like in 2030. Actions to drive progress towards one target can influence progress towards many others. Many times they support each other, but unmanaged negative interactions can slow or even undo progress.

To deliver on the 2030 Agenda, governments, international agencies, businesses and other organizations need to plan efficiently to exploit the synergies, mitigate trade-offs and treat the Agenda as an indivisible whole.

SEI researchers have developed a practical approach that can support this planning around the world through the presence of SEI centres.


Women and other social groups may face specific challenges for the implementation of the SDGs. However, they also hold a vital role to achieve a more equitable and fair path towards the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda.

Regional work

SEI has advanced in operationalizing policy coherence for sustainable development through its centers around the world. We enhance knowledge sharing across government and civil society actors between and within countries by providing informal spaces to build knowledge, capacity and awareness.