Governance for Sustainable Development

Mobilizing knowledge, expertise and partnerships to strengthen governance and policymaking

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Advancing sustainable development depends on translating the global vision of the SDGs and related agendas into practice, and ensuring their effective implementation. UNU-IAS mobilizes knowledge, expertise and partnerships to strengthen governance and policymaking processes for sustainable development and localize these urgent global agendas. Our research explores interactions between SDGs and with related efforts on decarbonization, the circular economy and digital transformation, among others. UNU-IAS contributes to global policy dialogue on sustainable development and builds capacity at the local, national and regional levels through technical advice and training activities, in close collaboration with partners in the UN system and beyond.

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Fostering Renewable Energy Uptake in Caribbean Small Island Developing States

Policy guidance on overcoming financial, regulatory and social barriers to the clean energy transition
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Expert Group Meetings Advance Climate Action in Synergy with the 2030 Agenda

Global experts gathered in Tokyo to assess progress on SDG 13 ahead of the UN High-Level Political Forum.

08 Apr 2024


Ninth Japan Youth Environmental Activity Contest Names Winner

High school students from Aomori Prefecture receive Director's Award for a project reducing water use in agriculture.

08 Feb 2024


Tsunakan Journal Highlights Best Practices for Just Transition

The publication featured an article by UNU-IAS experts on ensuring a just transition to carbon neutrality in developing countries in Asia-Pacific.

21 Mar 2024



Governance for Sustainable Development

This project studies how governments and institutions incorporate the SDGs into their policies, thereby contributing to the global agenda.

15 Nov 2013


Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC)

This project aims to promote collaboration and partnerships to encourage solutions to environmental problems on a regional and global scale.

14 Sep 2023