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Agenda 2030 Compass: insights built on the SDGs

Whether a business, a government or a civil society organization, it can be daunting to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into strategic planning: options that seem sustainable may have unintended consequences, and it is easy to miss synergies that could increase social benefits. The Agenda 2030 Compass allows users to evaluate the merits of a given investment option, research strategy or policy by assessing direct and indirect effects on the SDGs.

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Hallding, K., Suljada, T., Axelsson, K., Gerger Swartling, Å. and Davis, M. (2022). Agenda 2030 Compass: Insights Built on the SDGs. SEI brief. Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm.

The 2030 Compass is a software- and workshop- assisted process through which relevant stakeholders and SDG experts can evaluate how their strategy, policy or product might affect all 17 SDGs. It has two main stages:

  • The Context Mapper identifies the potential for positive or negative interactions among SDGs in a particular context (such as a country), based on factors such as socioeconomic conditions, the energy mix and the physical environment.
  • The Strategy Analyser provides a simple, robust workshop-based process and toolbox to analyse the sustainability implications of a planned intervention within that context.

The 2030 Compass can be used in a wide range of settings and has so far been successfully tested in product design, housing development, and local and regional strategies.



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Timothy Suljada high res
Timothy Suljada

Head of Division: Resources, Rights and Development

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Katarina Axelsson
Katarina Axelsson

Senior Policy Fellow

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Åsa Gerger Swartling
Åsa Gerger Swartling

Head of Knowledge Management, Senior Research Fellow

Global Operations

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