Why a transition approach to Sustainability Analysis?

The NCEA’s agenda for Sustainability Analysis emerges from a continuous dialogue with policy makers, with stakeholders and with the world of knowledge. One message we get is that sustainable development will depend on global transitions of our societies (e.g., European Environment Agency ; OECD, SDG Synergies; SDGWatchEurope). Transitions will have profound technical, economic, social, and cultural consequences. A transition may not be beneficial to all SDGs. Sustainability analysis may help decision-makers by structuring their dilemmas.

Some transitions which are important to low and medium income countries:

  • Transitions of global value chains
  • The global energy transition
  • A transition in the international approach to resilience of vulnerable populations
  • Partial transitions, like a new way of governing deep sea mining