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Essential variables help to focus sustainable development goals monitoring

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Reyers, B., Stafford-Smith, M., Erb, K.-H., Scholes, R. J., & Selomane, O. (2017). Essential variables help to focus sustainable development goals monitoring. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 26-27, 97-105. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2017.05.003.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-1851-0
The imperative to measure progress towards Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) has resulted in a proliferation of
targets and indicators fed by an ever-expanding set of
observations. This proliferation undermines one principal
purpose of the SDGs: to provide a framework for coordinated
action across policy domains. Systems approaches to defining
Essential Variables have focused monitoring of climate,
biodiversity and oceans and offer opportunities to coordinate
SDG monitoring. We propose four criteria and a process to
identify Essential SDG Variables (ESDGVs), which will highlight
interactions and gaps in current monitoring. The ESDGV criteria
suggest a research agenda to: develop and test
interdisciplinary system models; test transformations theory for
sustainable development; analyse policy interactions; and
formulate models to support further refinements of ESDGVs
and SDG monitoring.