This paper offers a critical discussion of the influential UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2015-2030. While the goals in many ways represent considerable progress in treating the sustainable development agenda in a comprehensive way this paper argues that the goals are insufficiently linked to the new Green Economy paradigm. I.e. they neglect a consistent alignment of economic and environmental issues. There is some overall reference to achieving such an alignment but this goal is not persistently pursued, nor given enough importance in the specific SDGs. This paper argues that the disjointed thinking underlying the goals is due to a largely neoclassical, static understanding of the economy reigning in a United Nations context and in much environmental and ecological economics literature influencing this. This paper offers a different evolutionary economic understanding of the green economy, arguing that green economic change is real and central for achieving environmental sustainability. The policy implications of this are considerable. The paper suggests revising selected core SDG goals to make them more in line with the green economy paradigm. For developing countries the paper points to the need for policy learning, suggesting these countries could leapfrog the greening of their economies by targeting green economic change through adopting eco-innovation policies for the greening of their companies rather than pursuing a traditional regulatory approach. Such a pathway to a green economy could be strengthened within the context of the SDGs if acknowledged and pursued. Currently, the SDGs only support such a pathway to a green economy to a limited degree but such a perspective could be strengthened within the context of the SDGs if acknowledged and pursued.
|Number of pages||20|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||Globelics Conference 2016 - Bandung, Indonesia|
Duration: 12 Oct 2016 → 14 Oct 2016
|Conference||Globelics Conference 2016|
|Period||12/10/2016 → 14/10/2016|