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Modeling National Transformations to Achieve the SDGs Within Planetary Boundaries in Small Island Developing States

This project explored the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within planetary boundaries, focusing on Fiji as a case study for small island developing states (SIDS). It evaluates the viability of various policy and investment scenarios in achieving SDGs by 2030 and their alignment with environmental sustainability up to 2050. The project employs the integrated iSDG-Fiji system dynamics model to simulate business-as-usual and six alternative future scenarios. The findings underscore the necessity of ambitious actions to achieve SDG targets, highlighting that modest investments can significantly improve SDG performance, but more comprehensive and ambitious strategies are required to fully align with both the SDGs and environmental sustainability goals.

Key Policies and Reccomendations

  1. Implementing modest investments can substantially enhance Fiji's SDG performance by 2030.

  2. Pursuing highly ambitious investment and policy scenarios is critical for achieving substantial progress toward the SDGs.

  3. Addressing climate action and environmental sustainability should be integral to policy design to ensure long-term ecological coherence.

  4. Strengthening governance, gender equality, and socio-economic development are pivotal for comprehensive SDG achievement.

  5. International support and partnerships are essential, especially for SIDS, to enable the necessary investment levels and technical expertise.

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