United Nations: Redefining Goals

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2016-60-5-30-39

S. Bobylev, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1, Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation (snbobylev@yandex.ru)
S. Solov"eva, Lomonosov Moscow State University 1, Leninskie Gory, Moscow, 119991, Russian Federation (solovyevasv@gmail.com)

Acknowledgements. The article was prepared within the Russian Scientific Foundation Project No. 15-17-30009.

Abstract. One of the main UN Summit 2015 outcomes is the adoption of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) built on achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to guide the path of sustainable development in the world after 2015. World leaders gathered at the United Nations to take responsibility for the implementation of 17 Sustainable Development Goals – a truly universal and transformative global development agenda. The article analyzes main common features and distinctions of SDGs and MDGs. It addresses priorities for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and primary SDG targets. The SDGs are intended to go beyond the MDGs and apply in general terms to all countries, including developed states, emerging economies and developing countries. At the same time, examining the main achievements of MDGs on national and international levels, the authors stress their importance. SDGs provide a framework for every country to create focused and effective implementation strategies and plans within its own domestic context. The article demonstrates the importance for Russian Federation under its UN obligations to elaborate two documents: Sustainable Development Strategy of the Russian Federation and the 2030 SDGs adapted to national priorities. The authors develop main principles of SDGs adaptation to national priorities, conditionally dividing them into two groups: "internal" (combating poverty, education, health, sustainable production and consumption) – Russia has to realize them drawing on its own potential, and "external" (combating climate change, enhancing a global partnership for sustainable development) – Russia can play an important role in the world coordinating with other countries. The article, while demonstrating the importance of climate change issues for Russia after weather and climatic anomalies caused huge social, economic and ecological damages, discusses possible economic tools, such as carbon taxes, introducing the price of carbon, Stock Exchange for carbon trading. The article investigates two large components of global partnership support in international policy of the Russian Federation: financing the assistance to the international development, and forgiveness of considerable debts to developing countries. 

Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals, Millennium Development Goals, sustainable development components, sustainable development indicators 

For citation:
Bobylev S., Solovyeva S. United Nations: Redefining Goals. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2016, vol. 60, no. 5, pp. 30-39. https://doi.org/10.20542/0131-2227-2016-60-5-30-39

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