There are still seven months of international negotiations to go before we know exactly what form the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take. The current debate on framing the SDGs is important. But, as we‘re already well into this spring’s New York negotiation schedule, this should not stop us thinking about what implementing the SDGs will mean in practice, in each country – developed as well as developing – and how we need to prepare. After all, this is ultimately how the SDG vision will be realized, and what the general public and many other stakeholders will care about: how the SDGs might actually affect their daily lives through new or altered policies or private initiatives.

This blog by Åsa Persson proposes four issues related to practical implementation that need early consideration and collective learning if we want the SDGs to keep having an impact beyond their launch, and all the way to 2030.