The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a shared, universal call-to-action for all countries to ensure that no one is left behind. Partnership is the foundation for success; collaboration and support between the private sector, governments at all levels, and civil society is essential to understand and act on development shortfalls. Through strengthened cooperation, we will find comprehensive and fair paths to progress that can end poverty in all its forms.
Through our global network of research institutes, UNU is an active partner with academia, international agencies, government ministries, civil society, and the private sector. With expertise in every area of the SDGs, we work as a convener of development stakeholders and facilitate fluent transfer of knowledge across sectors. The Dresden Nexus Conference platform, for example, advances the SDGs by bringing actors together to apply an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach to environmental resources management. And our research focusing on sustainable development governance contributes to near-term SDG implementation and long-term policy frameworks for sustainability.
“To achieve the SDGs, we must step out of our silos and work together across disciplines. My work at UNU bridges the divide between science and policy. Strong research can, and should, inform decision-making at all levels.”
“Increasing the flow of taxes into government treasuries lies at the heart of efforts to finance — and achieve — the Sustainable Development Goals. My work at UNU involves the development of a dataset of government revenues. This tool has helped both researchers and policymakers in studying the effects of tax policies on economic development.”
The Dresden Nexus Conference is a biennial event that focuses on advancing the global sustainable development agenda by bringing actors together to collaborate on the Nexus Approach to resource management. The next conference is slated for 2019.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals can only be reached if they inspire effective efforts to achieve them. This project directly addresses the policymaking process needed to support the successful achievement of the SDGs.
Although the past decade has seen an increased attention on taxation and revenue in developing countries, the quality of available cross-country tax and revenue data remains problematic. The Government Revenue Dataset (GRD) initiative was launched to boost the quality and transparency of revenue data, as well as to encourage more reliable and comparable tax research.