The sectoral structure of government agencies is no longer adequate to deal with the complex challenges of the 21st century.

Novel modes of governance, capabilities, policies and the formation of actors of change on local, national and global levels are required to support the achievement of the SDGs. To recognize the systemic and holistic nature of sustainability, there is a need for cross-sector coordination and more integrated, inclusive, accountable, adaptive and innovative governance structures at all levels. Building strong political institutions at the subnational, national and global levels is thus crucial for an integrated and peaceful implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Giving the important role of governance in accelerating the societal transformations, it is critical to mobilize research, to build knowledge synthesis on types and characteristics of transformative governance arrangements and policy required to achieve the SDGs and on how to actually achieve needed changes through effective and accountable governance. This will require transdisciplinary knowledge creation with strong leadership from social science research.

Identifying effective governance models and arrangements capable of accelerating transformations towards sustainability

Areas for scientific inquiry include:

Advancing multilateral cooperation

Areas for scientific inquiry include:

Analysing the 2030 Agenda through a governance lens and assessing its impact on real policy-making at different governmental levels (from global to local)

Areas for scientific inquiry include:

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