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Sustainable Development Goals: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Nexus Approach

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E/ESCWA/SDD/2018/TP.5
Issued in: 
2019

This paper addresses the challenges and opportunities for implementing the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and contextualizing it to the strategies, policies and programmes of ESCWA member countries.  The first part of the paper examines the indivisible nature of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the synergies between them and discusses a “Nexus” approach for development planning based on the three thematic clusters: 1) Poverty Reduction- Decent Employment- Sustainable Growth; 2) Water – Energy- Food Security; and 3) Equality-Justice-Inclusion (EJI), with a focus on the EJI nexus. The second part of the paper discusses the application of the EJI nexus in Jordan and Lebanon, taking into consideration the key institutional, legislative and policy elements in each country. The scope of the paper does not allow a generalization of the findings to the Arab region, yet it provides guidance and recommendation to assist member countries in integrating the SDGs and reforming existing policies using the EJI nexus approach.