Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals: South-South Cooperation and SDG 16

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Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the global community with hope and fanfare in 2015 but, its progress and realisation have been dented. In 2020, all the stakeholders involved ought to devise strategies in order to achieve the ambitious goals by 2030. This paper will discuss the challenges towards the progress of the goals and will debate as to why South-South Cooperation (SSC) is a unique and distinctive means of implementation towards the same. The paper will also introduce the operationalisation of goal 16 dealing with peace, justice and strong institutions through the lens of India’s capacity building programmes under the rubric of the principles of SSC. The paper will deliberate on some of the inherent challenges associated with SSC and ways to tackle them. The paper will end with possible recommendations for reinvigorating the pace towards the achievement of SDGs.


About the Author:

Pratyush Sharma

Pratyush Sharma is a Doctoral Candidate at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and a Queen Elizabeth Scholar. He has a MA in interdisciplinary social sciences from O.P Jindal Global University’s Jindal School of International Affairs. His research area is at the crossroads of International Relations and International Law wherein he is viewing the landscape of development cooperation (South-South Cooperation) through the normative lens of the Right to Development. He has over 5 years of policy experience in the areas of South-South Cooperation (SSC) and development cooperation and was part of the policy team at Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a Delhi based think tank in contributing towards India’s SSC engagements. He has also been a Global Governance Fellow at the German Development Institute, Bonn.