The Economics of the Sustainable Development Goals (3 January 2018)Simon Zadek
Today’s US$80 trillion annual global economy delivers livelihoods for billions of people. Economic growth over the last half a century alone has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, unlocking resources for improved health and education, and enabling us to address many of the objectives embodied by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, or Goals). Yet despite such successes, the global economy will have to change dramatically if we want to meet the Goals by 2030, or indeed at all. ‘Business as usual’ will not only fail to deliver, but may actually move us away from our collective aspirations.