Robert Costanza, Jacqueline McGlade, Hunter Lovins, Ida Kubiszewski, An Overarching Goal for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Solutions Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, July 2014, Pages 13-16 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/an-overarching-goal-for-the-un-sustainable-development-goals/) Abstract: Communities, countries, and the planet as a whole need to articulate shared goals, and create ways to track progress in meeting them. This is the essence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) process currently underway at the UN. The SDGs are the follow-up to the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), due to expire in 2015. They represent a substantial commitment on the part of UN member states to achieve truly sustainable development over the next 15 years. The SDG process is building consensus on what these shared goals are and how to measure progress towards meeting them. While discussion continues on a list of SDGs due to be announced in 2015 (currently 17 – see Table 1), there is a critical missing element in the process: articulation and measurement of the overarching goal or “ultimate end” of the SDGs and how the list of sub-goals and targets contribute to achieving that larger goal. The goals are being discussed as separate elements in isolation from each … Topics: Politics; Quality of Life; Sustainability