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A Future in Sustainable Development: Backcasting the SDGs
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Environmental Strategies Research (fms).
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En framtid med Hållbar Utveckling : Backcasting av Globala Hållbarhetsmålen (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In 2015 the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by 193 member states of the United Nations. The SDGs are highly ambitious and their underlying processes are interconnected by causal relationships. Work towards fulfilling them therefore requires considering how solutions for one goal will impacts others. In this study target-oriented backcasting is applied to examine set goals in the future, as well as to determine the current state and trends of development. This is done in an effort to determine conflicts between targets and resource limitations of future development. The findings suggest that the current paradigm of giving GDP growth highest societal priority, leads to a causal relationship where development occurs at the expense of sustainability at the global level. In order to overcome this, the fulfilment of the SDGs has to be given higher priority than the size and growth rate of the GDP.

Abstract [sv]

Under 2015 antogs de 17 globala hållbarhetsmålen av 193 medlemsstater i Förenta Nationerna. Målen är väldigt ambitiösa och deras underliggande processer sammanlänkar dem via orsakssamband. Arbetet med att uppfylla målen kräver därför att hänsyn tas till hur tänkta lösningar till ett mål i sin tur påverkar de övriga. I den här studien tillämpas target-oriented backcasting för att undersöka de uppsatta framtida målen, samt hur utvecklingen i dagsläget förhåller sig till dessa. Detta görs som ett försök att identifiera konflikter mellan de uppsatta målen, samt mot den begränsade mängden naturresurser som finns tillgänglig för framtida utveckling. Resultaten tyder på att under det rådande paradigmet där BNP tillväxt ges högsta prioritet i samhället, leder detta till ett orsakssamband där samhällsutveckling sker på bekostnad av långsiktig hållbarhet på global nivå. För att kunna komma runt detta krävs att uppfyllandet av de globala hållbarhetsmålen prioriteras över ekonomins storlek och tillväxt avseende BNP. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 61 p.
Series
TRITA-INFRA-FMS, ISSN 1652-5442 ; EX-2017:10
Keyword [en]
2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Development, Backcasting, Futures studies
Keyword [sv]
Agenda 2030, Globala hållbarhetsmålen, Globala målen, Hållbar utveckling, Backcasting, Framtidsstudier
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Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-211256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-211256DiVA: diva2:1128311
Subject / course
Environmental Strategies
Educational program
Master of Science - Sustainable Technology
Presentation
2017-06-02, FMS Seminar room, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, 3tr. 100 44 Stockholm, Stockholm, 10:30 (English)
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Available from: 2017-08-09 Created: 2017-07-24 Last updated: 2017-08-09Bibliographically approved

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