Institutional Frameworks and international cooperation for Sustainable Development

Institutional frameworks and international cooperation play a crucial role in driving sustainable development. This concept is tightly interwoven with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 interlinked global objectives designed to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Instituted in 2015, the SDGs recognize the interconnectedness of social, economic, and environmental sustainability, seeking to promote a holistic approach to global development. An effective institutional framework refers to the rules, practices, and systems which facilitate interactions between individuals, organizations, and governments, shaping the course and outcomes of sustainable development initiatives.

For instance, SDG 17, explicitly titled 'Partnerships for the Goals', underscores the necessity of revitalizing global partnerships to harness resources and knowledge necessary for achieving the SDGs. It calls for enhanced North-South, South-South, and triangular regional and international cooperation on science, technology, and innovation, highlighting the role of multilateral institutions in fostering a global collaborative spirit. A well-structured institutional framework helps operationalize this cooperation, providing a platform for dialogue, negotiation, and shared responsibility.

Moreover, institutional frameworks play a crucial role in managing trade-offs and conflicts between different SDGs. For instance, the push for economic development (SDG 8) could potentially conflict with responsible consumption and production (SDG 12) or climate action (SDG 13). A robust institutional framework allows for the negotiation of these conflicts, ensuring that progress in one area does not undermine another.

Furthermore, international cooperation in sharing data, best practices, and experiences is vital in achieving the SDGs. The effectiveness of such sharing depends largely on the strength and adaptability of institutional frameworks. For example, institutions like the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and United Nations Environment Programme offer platforms for international cooperation and knowledge sharing. They also provide technical and financial support to countries, particularly developing ones, enabling them to implement the SDGs effectively.

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Elsevier, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 118, May 2023
Increasing shipping traffic in the Arctic Ocean creates an emerging need to understand the consequences of maritime operations on the Arctic environment and coastal Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, as well as potential governance responses. To address this need, we examine recent shipping trends and assess their impact on Arctic environments and communities. Our arguments are novel, and are built around contemporary empirical investigations and published scientific studies, reports, and government documents.
This Study explores the racial disparities that exist in the emergency departments of 4 hospitals, when they are most prevalent, and how patients' sociodemographic characteristics impact image acquisition time, raising awareness for SDGs 3, 9 and 10.
This Health Policy paper supports SDG 3 by analysing the current national action plans for antimicrobial resistance adopted by UN member states at the 2015 World Health Assembly; the authors identify gaps in key domains and highlight opportunities to facilitate sustainable delivery and operationalisation of national action plans.
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The Lancet, Volume 401, Issue 10375, 11–17 February 2023, Pages 472-485

This Series paper supports SDG 3 by providing a new vision on how to address breastfeeding protection, promotion, and support at scale through multilevel, equitable approaches, and by examining how individual-level parent and baby attributes interact with breastfeeding determinants at other levels of the socioecological model, how these interactions drive outcomes, and what policies and interventions are necessary to achieve optimal breastfeeding.
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The Lancet, Volume 401, Issue 10375, 11–17 February 2023, Pages 486-502

This Series paper supports SDG 3 by examining how the marketing of commercial milk formula (CMF) comprehensively undermines access to objective information and support related to feeding of infants and young children, and contributes to reduced global breastfeeding practices by influencing normative beliefs, values, and political and business approaches to establish environments that favour CMF uptake and sales.
This Series paper supports SDG 3 by examining how political power and policies create or mitigate structural barriers to improve infant and young child feeding practices; the authors examine the root causes of low worldwide breastfeeding rates and why so many countries have not prioritised and implemented policies to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
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The Lancet Regional Health - Southeast Asia, Volume 10, March 2023, 100136

This Viewpoint supports SDG 3 by discussing the need for reimagining India's health system and the importance of an inclusive approach for universal health coverage.

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