Recently, the Member States of the United Nations approved a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be implemented through 169 specific targets. These will take the place of the UN Millennium Development Goals which had a target date of 2015 for fulfilment. India has been able to achieve the target of reducing poverty by half by 2015, but the goal of reducing hunger by half is yet to be achieved. The SDGs are based on the concept that our social and economic development objectives must be rooted in the principles of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
M. S. Swaminathan and P. C. Kesavan take a look at the way forward for multi-disciplinary approaches with community participation for developing an effective implementation strategy for a few of the SDGs.