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Is Sustainable Development Being Achieved?

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The Sustainable Development Goals are now two years old.  Is the UN community keeping its word to the world’s poorest people?  Are too many nations backsliding into the old game of relying on others to do the heavy lifting in enacting the SDGs? 

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  1. Counting What Counts in Development
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    Counting What Counts in Development

    Sep 14, 2017 Selim Jahan says the best way to improve human development outcomes is to change how we measure quality of life.

  2. Data-Driven Gender Equality
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    Data-Driven Gender Equality

    Sep 13, 2017 Mark Suzman says that achieving the UN’s development goals for women and girls must start with better metrics.

  3. How to Achieve the SDGs
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    How to Achieve the SDGs

    Aug 29, 2017 Mahmoud Mohieldin advocates a bottom-up approach to achieving global development goals, citing Colombia as an example.

  4. A Scientific Method for the SDGs
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    A Scientific Method for the SDGs

    Jun 6, 2017 Anne-Sophie Stevance & David McCollum describe a new analytical framework for prioritizing development goals and investments.

  5. The Private Sector and the SDGs
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    The Private Sector and the SDGs

    Feb 6, 2017 Mahmoud Mohieldin & Svetlana Klimenko describe how to mobilize financial markets to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

  6. Investment for Sustainable Growth
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    Investment for Sustainable Growth

    Oct 31, 2016 Jeffrey D. Sachs describes the types of long-term investments the world economy needs – and how to finance them.

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    Europe Must Clamp Down on Russian Oil Flows Through Turkey

    Martin Vladimirov urges policymakers to close the sanctions loophole that allows the Kremlin to sell fossil fuels to the EU.
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    Rebooting the Sustainable Development Goals

    John W. McArthur & Zia Khan urge political, business, and civil-society leaders to foster the big ideas needed to meet the 2030 targets.
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    Is Greece’s Six-Day Work Week a Harbinger?

    Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg points out that the country is facing the same demographic problem as almost all advanced economies.
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    The Euro and Its Imperial Ancestors

    Victoria Gierok

    At 25, the euro has come of age at a time when European politics is tending toward fragmentation and a renewed emphasis on national sovereignty. To determine whether it will last, it helps to consult the history of earlier common-currency projects.

    draws lessons from earlier experiments with common currencies across disparate polities and economies.
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    Overcoming Political Short-Termism in Latin America

    Eric Parrado envisions independent institutions empowered to devise and implement long-term development-related policies.
  6. salehiisfahani9_ATTA KENAREAFP via Getty Images_pezeshkianzarif Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

    Iran’s Economy Needs a New Deal with the West

    Djavad Salehi-Isfahani shows that pursuing sanctions relief is the only solution to the country's stagflation.
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    Africa’s Hobbled Hegemons

    Adekeye Adebajo

    In the face of regional turmoil, rising extremism, and heightened geopolitical tensions, Africa urgently needs strong leadership. But its two most significant regional powers, Nigeria and South Africa, are too constrained by domestic challenges to represent Africa’s interests effectively on the world stage.

    examines the causes of political and economic malaise in Nigeria and South Africa.
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    The US Needs a Techno-Industrial Strategy

    Liza Tobin & Addis Goldman outline a three-pronged approach that would entrench American leadership in advanced industries.
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    The Fed Should Not Cut Interest Rates Yet

    Michael R. Strain argues that declaring victory over inflation, while tempting, would be to misread current economic conditions.

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