Creating global prosperity without economic growth

Written by Robert Hoglund and Erik Pihl, this article was originally published in Swedish in the national newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.


The UN’s new development goals that will replace the millennium goals were put into place last Friday by the UN member states. The goals will be guiding the whole world’s development work for the next 15 years, so they’re extremely important. Overall, reading the new goals is a very encouraging experience. They aim to terminate poverty and hunger, to tackle climate change, to give everyone the right to healthcare and education, to achieve gender equality, make consumption sustainable and protect ecosystems. But among all these fantastic goals there is one that threatens the fulfilment of several of the other goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

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