The SDG Policy Initiative uses the SDGs as a framework for bringing together policymakers and researchers to inform evidence-based solutions for a sustainable future.

What are the SDGs?

In 2015, all 193 member countries of the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all” (UN). The 17 SDGs bring together communities around a broad set of clearly defined time-bound goals for 2030. Each goal has a list of indicators that represent a concerted effort by the international statistical community for a unified system of measurement. The SDGs offer a globally accepted framework that can bring academia, business, civil society, and government together around the common purpose of a sustainable and inclusive future.

Against interrelated challenges such as poverty, discrimination, climate change, and biodiversity loss, achieving sustainable and inclusive growth requires developing both analytical tools that cut across disciplines and new policy-making processes that go beyond the traditional silos of governance.   

The SDG Policy Initiative leverages the global salience of the SDGs to showcase the wide range of faculty research, centers, and projects at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. Additionally, the Initiative is engaged in numerous programs putting the SDGs into action guiding and measuring progress at all levels of government. From decarbonization plans and policies for the United States and San Diego, to working with the government of Paraguay on implementing the SDGs as a framework for sustainable growth, to designing sustainable land-use tools for Mexico and the United States, the SDG Policy Initiative works to achieve the ambitious goals of the SDGs with evidence-based solutions.

Where We Are

The SDG Policy Initiative exists within UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, which is at the forefront of interdisciplinary research critical to the 2030 Agenda.

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