Negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals

In: Group Politics in UN Multilateralism
Author: Mary Farrell

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Abstract

This article examines the group politics in global development policy from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The discussion tracks the actors and forces that shaped both sets of goals, and highlights the centrality of multilateral processes in framing the background for the interplay of group politics. With the expansion in the number and diversity of actors, and the United Nations system facilitating the engagement of multiple actors, ultimately the negotiation of the SDGs reflected a new diplomacy derived from mediation of multiple interests within a multilateral context.