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Today, faced with the imperative of tackling climate change and responding to radical,
fast-paced shifts in global technology, consumption and population patterns, there
is growing consensus that sustainable development is the only way that we can avert
environmental and social disaster.

The Report reflects the universal, indivisible and integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also seeks to strengthen the science-policy interface as an evidence-based instrument to support policymakers and other stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda across the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

It highlights state-of-the-art knowledge for transformations towards sustainable development and identifies concrete areas where rapid, transformational change is possible. The Report is not only a product but also a process for advancing collaboration among actors in science, Government, the private sector and civil society in all regions of the world towards identifying and realizing concrete pathways for transformation driven by evidence.

The Report draws upon an extensive and diverse knowledge base, including numerous
published articles in scholarly literature; and international assessments, like the SecretaryGeneral’s Sustainable Development Goals progress report (2019), the Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO-6) regional assessments (2019), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report (2018), the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) global assessment (2019), the International
Labour Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
(OECD) reports on the future of work (2019) and others.

Independent Group of Scientists appointed by the Secretary-General, Global Sustainable
Development Report 2019: The Future is Now – Science for Achieving Sustainable Development, (United Nations, New York,

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