From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals

Authors: Ilyin, Ilya V.; Ursul, Arkadi A.; Ursul, Tatyana; Dugarova, Midegue
Almanac: Globalistics and globalization studiesGlobal Transformations and Global Future.

This article investigates the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The authors have set an objective to demonstrate that sustainable development as a future form of development of civilization from the very beginning had a ‘target orientation’ and anticipated realization and staging of the whole hierarchy of objectives needed for the establishment of an effective global governance. In the future, global development in its ‘anthropogenic’ aspect will be to implement the goals and principles of SD, which will be updated with each new stage of the implementation of this kind of socio-natural evolution.

The paper argues the position that the concept of SD should be radically transformed into a ‘global dimension’. Attention is drawn to the fact that Russia recognized another distant, but very important in the conceptual and theoretical perspective, global goal of ‘sustainable transition’ – formation of the noosphere.

Keywords: biosphere, ecological problems, global development, global governance, MDGs, noosphere, SDGs, security, sustainable development, UN.