New Way of Viewing the Sustainable Development Goals

A new way of viewing the economic, social and ecological aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been developed from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and it is based on one of the iconic figures of the centre, “the wedding cake”, developed by centre science director Carl Folke and others.

It implies that economies and societies are seen as embedded parts of the biosphere. This model changes our paradigm for development, moving away from the current sectorial approach where social, economic, and ecological development are seen as separate parts. Now, we must transition toward a world logic where the economy serves society so that it evolves within the safe operating space of the planet.

According this model all the sustainable development goals are directly or indirectly connected to sustainable and healthy food. They also put forward that goals on eradicating poverty (SDG 1) and zero hunger (SDG 2) requires gender equality (SDG 5), decent jobs (SDG 8) and reduced inequality (SDG 10).