Before the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Historical Companion

ISBN : 9780192848758

Martin Gutmann; Daniel Gorman
576 ページ
156 x 234 mm

Before the UN Sustainable Development Goals enables professionals, scholars, and students engaged with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to develop a richer understanding of the legacies and historical complexities of the policy fields behind each goal. Each of the seventeen chapters tells the decades- or centuries-old backstory of one SDG and reveals the global human connections, governance tools and frameworks, and the actors involved in past efforts to address sustainable development challenges. Collectively, the seventeen chapters build a historical latticework that reveals the multiple and often interwoven sources that have shaped the challenges later encompassed in the SDGs. Engaging and insightfully written, the book's chapters are authored by international experts from multiple disciplines. The book is an indispensable resource and a vital foundation for understanding the past's indelible footprint on our contemporary sustainable development challenges.


Overview of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
Martin Gutmann and Daniel Gorman: Introduction: The Long and the Short Road to the Sustainable Development Goals
1 Martin Ravallion: SDG 1 - On the Idea of Ending Poverty
2 Derek Byerlee and Jessica Fanzo: SDG 2 - The Elusive Quest to End World Hunger
3 Martin Gorsky and Erica Nelson: SDG 3 - Historical Perspectives on International Policies to Improve Health and Well-Being
4 Eckhardt Fuchs: SDG 4 - Global Education Unfolding: Concepts, Emergence, Objectives
5 Claire Somerville and Maria Amalia Pesantes: SDG 5 - A Long, Short, and Unfinished History of the Journey to Gender Equality
6 Petri S. Juuti, Riikka P. Rajala, Jarmo J. Hukka, and Tapio S. Katko: SDG 6 - Changing International Policies on Safe Water and Sanitation after World War Two
7 Anthony Penna: SDG 7 - A History of Fossil Fuel Consumption and Its Replacement with Renewable Sources of Energy
8 Zhun Xu and Shouvik Chakraborty: SDG 8 - Growth, Decent Work, and the Green Transition
9 Martin Gutmann and Olutayo Adesina: SDG 9 - Historicizing Production, Innovation, and Infrastructure, from the Industrial Revolution to Contemporary African Strategies of Industrialization
10 Anne Marie Brady: SDG 10 - The Politics and Policies of Inequality in the West, 1800-2015
11 Jeremy Caradonna and Cameron Owens: SDG 11 - The Past, Present, and Future of Sustainable Cities
12 Aniruddha Bose and Benjamin Möckel: SDG 12 - Sustainability and the World of Goods since the Industrial Revolution
13 John Haldon, Adam Izdebsky, Luke Kemp, Lee Mordechai, and Ben Trump: SDG 13 - How Societies Succeeded or Failed to Respond to Environmental Disruption
14 Poul Holm: SDG 14 - Exploiting and Managing the Alien and Unseen World below Water
15 Christine Fürst and Martin Gutmann: SDG 15 - Caretaking, Conservation, and Exploitation in the Evolving Relationship between Humans and Life on Land
16 Christine Smith-Simonsen: SDG 16 - The Many Pieces of Peace
17 Daniel Gorman: SDG 17 - The History of Global Partnerships and International Cooperation


Martin Gutmann is a lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He was previously a senior lecturer and Managing Director of the ETH Zurich Swiss School of Public Governance, where he designed an executive education programme for international policy makers on leadership and the SDGs.; Daniel Gorman is Professor of History at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA). He is the former Director of the PhD program in Global Governance at the BSIA.