Sustainable Development Goals Interlinkages and Network Analysis: A practical tool for SDG integration and policy coherence

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July 2017
Xin Zhou, Mustafa Moinuddin, Ming Xu
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

While being broadly framed as 17 separate and diverse elements, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and associated targets inherently interlink with one another making up indivisible parts of sustainability from a systemic perspective. Actions or measures taken for achieving one goal may be mutually reinforcing or contradictory with achieving other goals. SDGs and associated targets through the connections among and between each other form a network of interlinkages. Understanding the interlinkages among the goals and between the targets is crucial for integrated governance and policy coherence for the implementation of SDGs. However, existing knowledge about these connections remains limited.

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) initiated a project entitled “Sustainable Development Goals, Targets and Indicators”, supported by IGES Strategic Research Fund. The main purpose of this research report focuses on presenting an integrated analytical approach on the identification, quantification and network analysis of the interlinkages between SDG targets. The proposed approach was then applied to the analysis and visualisation of SDG interlinkages for nine selected Asian countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Republic of Korea and Viet Nam.

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