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Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation, edited by Norichika Kanie & Frank Biermann The MIT Press, 2017, 352 pp, £74.95 hb, £27.95 pb. ISBN 9780262035620 hb, ISBN 9780262533195 pb

  • Dario Piselli (a1) and Riccardo Pavoni (a2)
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1 United Nations (UN) General Assembly, ‘Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, Resolution 70/1, UN Doc. A/RES/70/1, 21 Oct. 2015, available at:

2 See, e.g., Sachs, J.D., ‘Goal-based Development and the SDGs: Implications for Development Finance’ (2015) 31(3–4) Oxford Review of Economic Policy, pp. 268278 ; Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), ‘An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development: Report for the UN Secretary-General’, 5 May 2013, available at:

3 At the international level, the global health governance regime has made frequent use of goal-based planning as a governance strategy, most notably in the context of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In biodiversity governance, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets (available at: constitute another prominent example of goal setting, resulting in the uptake of a common framework across a number of biodiversity-related conventions.

4 See, e.g., Hale, T., Held, D. & Young, K., Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing When We Need It Most (Polity Press, 2013).

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Transnational Environmental Law
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