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Knowledge and Politics in Setting and Measuring SDGs – Launch of special issue of “Global Policy Journal”

Knowledge and Politics in Setting and Measuring SDGs – Launch of special issue of Global Policy Journal

Thursday, February 7, 6:00-8:00pm
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room I-202, 55 West 13th Street

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) did not fall from the sky. They resulted from hard fought battles over different visions, ideas and interests about the purpose and theories of development. And these battles did not end with the adoption of the SDGs. They continue in the way that the goals and targets are interpreted in the choice of the indicator. As social scientists have long pointed out, governance by data and indicators can alter meanings of social objectives, shift power relations, reorganize national and local priorities, create perverse incentives and create new narratives.

This special issue of the Global Policy Journal on the SDGs explores the politics of indicators, as stakeholders contest the definition of goals, targets and indicators in a struggle to shape the norms of international development. Speakers in this symposium will discuss the contested definitions and measurement of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Access to Justice, Inequality, and Global Health.

Presented in collaboration with the Robert L. Bernstein Institute at NYU Law School and the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs at The New School.

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