The CIRSD Program on Sustainable Development helps international actors embrace a more holistic approach to defining and implementing the United Nations post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The Program fosters debate on how to effectuate the transformations necessary for sustainable development to take hold at the technological, organizational and strategic level.
States are becoming increasingly aware that a growing number of challenges require an integrated and inclusive global approach, and that a business-as-usual trajectory will lead to economic instability, slow or negative growth, rising inequality, and prohibitively high costs of managing the effects of natural disasters associated with climate change. Statesmen, international officials, and business leaders share many of the same uncertainties—given tensions regarding environmental degradation, energy, land use, water quality, consumer safety, etc.
Through its activities, the Program on Sustainable Development examines and proposes realistic policy prescriptions for how to