Transformations for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific

Authored by: Hitomi Rankine , Kareff Rafisura , José A. Puppim de Oliveira

Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Development in Asia

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138182189
eBook ISBN: 9781351008204
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Hitomi Rankine, Kareff Limocon Rafisura, José Puppim de Oliviera write in “Transformations for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific” on how the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development move beyond a vision to achievement in 15 years’ time depends on whether we make use of the opportunities provided by regional megatrends, such as urbanization, rising incomes, changing consumption patterns and economic and trade integration. The authors note that aligning the megatrends with sustainable development requires changes in the structures and rules that mediate the relationship between the economy, society and nature. Transformation in social justice, investment flows, economic structures and resource efficiency is imperative. Drs. Rankine, Rafisura, and de Oliviera find that needed transformations are mutually supportive and essential for responding to the Sustainable Development Goals in a way that allows policy coherence and prevents trade-offs between goals.

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