Governing the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Interactions, Infrastructures, and Institutions

Jeff Waage, Christopher Yap, Sarah Bell, Caren Levy, Georgina Mace, Tom Pegram, Elaine Unterhalter, Niheer Dasandi, David Hudson, Richard Kock, Susannah Mayhew, Colin Marx, Nigel Poole

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Three of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concerned health. There is only one health goal in 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Critiques of the MDGs included missed opportunities to realise positive interactions between goals.1 Here we report on an interdisciplinary analytical review of the SDG process, in which experts in different SDG areas identified potential interactions through a series of interdisciplinary workshops. This process generated a framework that reveals potential conflicts and synergies between goals, and how their interactions might be governed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e251-e252
JournalLancet Global Health
Issue number5
Early online date29 Mar 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Governance
  • international development


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