Redefining sustainable development – Stockholm Resilience Centre

March 20, 2013

“Sustainable Development Goals

Redefining sustainable development

Ending poverty and safeguarding Earth’s life support system must be twin priorities, scientists say

Following up from recent UN meetings on the definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a group of international scientists have published a call in Nature, arguing for a set of six SDGs that link poverty eradication to protection of Earth’s life support. 

They argue that in the face of increasing pressure on the planet’s ability to support life, out-dated definitions of sustainable development threaten to reverse progress made in developing countries over the last decades.

“Ending poverty and safeguarding Earth’s life support system must be the twin priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals”, says Johan Rockström, centre director and a co-author of the Nature article.

Together with the international team he identified six goals that, if met, would contribute to global sustainability while helping to alleviate poverty.”


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Redefining sustainable development – Stockholm Resilience Centre.


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