HOLD for SDG Webinar: New evidence on SDG synergies and trade offs ( - Shared screen with speaker view
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Have you found anything about trade-offs and synergies in conflict affected states? And actions that can advance multiple SDGs during conflict?
Thanks for this. We find that focusing on synergies is particularly helpful for understanding the trade-offs and joint-benefits of actions around sustainable transport. Much of this is what economists would call 'externalities' - there are tools that help with this - taxes (e.g. on fuel) or subsidies (for zero emission vehicles), minimum standards (on emissions), and a focus on implementation - i.e. billions are spent annually on roads, but in many developing countries, basic standards for safety (e.g. speed limits, safe crossings etc.) are not enforced - which leads to deaths and serious injuries, and wide ranging costs. Much of this is already known - but turning this knowledge into action is still difficult - the World Bank has just refreshed its safeguards, but still is building unsafe roads. To cut a long story short - Don't we know a lot of this already - isn't it a case of just doing it
Have you looked at waste management as a synergy driver? Think of it as a reverse of a supply chain - good waste management scores for multiple SDGs - poverty, health, environment...
Minimizing trade offs, exploiting synergies... in general excellent goals, and many interesting ideas related to this were presented. Since you motivated this primarily by budget/cost of investment concerns, does your team link this work back to budgetary implications, or cost effectiveness? IE. investment in areas of synergy are not necessarily always better than investments of area without synergy.
Thanks, useful reference!