Title Rethinking the governance of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development in the COVID-19 era
Authors SANTOS CARRILLO , FRANCISCO RAFAEL, FERNÁNDEZ PORTILLO, LUIS, SIANES CASTAÑO , ANTONIO, FERNÁNDEZ PORTILLO, LUIS, SANTOS CARRILLO , FRANCISCO RAFAEL, SIANES CASTAÑO , ANTONIO
External publication No
Means Sustainability
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 2
SJR Quartile 2
Area International
Web https://www.scopus.com/inward/record.uri?eid=2-s2.0-85091214454&doi=10.3390%2fsu12187680&partnerID=40&md5=10d92e438dbba83af1fcb09d2a95b66a
Publication date 01/01/2020
ISI 000584263500001
Scopus Id 2-s2.0-85091214454
DOI 10.3390/su12187680
Abstract The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been criticized for its institutional weakness. It assumed that governance commitments and the multilateral order would remain unchanged until 2030. The COVID-19 has challenged both assumptions. The response deployed by the countries has made international cooperation dependent on the solution of internal problems. What will be the impact of the pandemic on the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals? What changes can be expected in the institutional design of the Agenda to face this challenge? To address these questions we have gathered and systematized 152 documents issued by the top think tanks on International Development since the outbreak of COVID-19, to identify the main design features of the Agenda that should be modified according to the functional-rationalist approach to institutional design. Our study shows that a higher level of centralization of authority and a redefinition of control and flexibility mechanisms are needed in order to improve the governance of the Agenda. Despite the temptation of focusing on a narrow set of goals, a broad scope is recommended, necessary to safeguard its holistic approach. These findings can provide insights for addressing the governance and institutional design of other international arrangements of similar nature. © 2020 by the authors.
Keywords governance approach; holistic approach; international cooperation; population outbreak; sustainable development; Sustainable Development Goal
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