Global Sustainable Development Congress2023: THE whitepaper: 15 years of SDGs research in developing and developed countries

2023: THE whitepaper: 15 years of SDGs research in developing and developed countries

Research in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in the developed and developing world: Evidence from the past 15 years

To address global challenges and improve economic, social, and environmental outcomes of planetary health, 193 countries have committed to the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda for the United Nations Sustainable Development gives equal prominence to developed countries and developing countries. The implementation of the SDGs demands coherent collaboration to transform society across all levels of income regions and continents. Yet, there has been little focus on SDG-related research around the world and covering all fields of research.

This pioneering study marks the first comprehensive exploration of two crucial aspects of research impact by country income group: research output by country income groups and participation and engagement in the annual Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings. By examining these two dimensions together, we gain unique insights into the challenges faced by lower income countries in achieving visibility and recognition for their contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This study highlights the importance of fostering participation and continued engagement from all countries. By addressing the barriers and promoting inclusivity, we can continue to promote a more diverse and equitable representation in the global discourse on sustainable development research, ultimately accelerating progress towards the SDGs.


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