Reconciling the Dichotomy between Developed and Developing Countries via Universality in Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of Italy versus Bangladesh

  • Prithvi Simha Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Nádor u. 9, 1051 Budapest, Hungary
  • Margarita Roxas International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
  • Mathilde Cegretin School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (SEAES), The University of Manchester, M13 9PL, Manchester, United Kingdom

Abstract

The post-2015 developmental agenda and the SDGs have been formulated to advance holistic global progress and enable the adoption of quantitative targets for all countries by recognizing their respective national realities and capacities. This research examines how global ambitions can guide national policy formulation by selecting the Italian Republic and the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as models for analysis and comparison. On the basis of two issues that dominate the current political agenda in both countries, sustaining economic growth (Goal 8) and addressing cross-border migration (Goal 10), quantitative targets were determined via an indicator based framework on the backdrop of historical data and relative performance of their global economic association membership (i.e. OECD for Italy, BRICS for Bangladesh). The results indicated that, interconnectedness of both goals allows the creation of synergistic effects which in turn allows simultaneous fulfilment of both goals through spill over effects. Lastly, by considering the current political agenda, high-priority reforms being debated, new legislations that are underway, we depict a temporal transition pathway for both countries to realize our identified targets.

Keywords

sustainable development, economic growth, indicators, developmental targets, CBDR, BRICS
Published in Onlinefirst
18-05-2016
How to Cite
SIMHA, Prithvi; ROXAS, Margarita; CEGRETIN, Mathilde. Reconciling the Dichotomy between Developed and Developing Countries via Universality in Sustainable Development Goals: The Case of Italy versus Bangladesh. Periodica Polytechnica Social and Management Sciences, [S.l.], v. 25, n. 1, p. 17-24, 2017. ISSN 1587-3803. Available at: <https://pp.bme.hu/so/article/view/9130>. Date accessed: 23 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.3311/PPso.9130.
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