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Millennium Institute (MI)
Geneva Office
Maison de la Paix Chemain Eugène-Rigot 2, Bldg. 5
Geneva, GE 1202
Phone: +41 22 555 09 55

The Millennium Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with a vision of a world in which decision makers apply extensive knowledge and a systemic perspective to bring about a sustainable, equitable, and peaceful global society. MI strives to realize its vision by enabling decision makers to use system dynamics thinking and tools to analyze and understand the interconnectedness between economic, social, environmental factors.

MI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining over three decades of technical excellence and vast field experience in the macro analysis of economic, social, and environmental development challenges. MI’s demonstrated understanding of the complexity of and interrelationships among policies in each sector has helped to create greater and more open dialog among stakeholders in the formulation of policies. MI has assisted more than 40 nations and regional groups to outline policies to achieve countrywide sustainable development objectives.

MI created an approach in the Threshold 21 (T21)® model that supports looking into alternative futures from the business as usual scenario, and make informed choices on a way forward that optimize the synergies and minimize or mitigate the unintended consequences of policy decisions. With partners, MI has learned how to develop capacities to implement this innovative approach successfully. 

MI developed the Threshold 21 model from more than 20 years of extensive research and application carried out in consultation with the World Bank, UN agencies, developing country governments, and non-governmental organizations. Experts at the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, and others examined T21 closely and determined it is very well suited for preparing poverty reduction strategies and conducting sustainable development policy assessments. The UNDP recommended T21 as one of the tools that supports planning to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in its “How-to-Guide: MDG-based National Development Strategies”, and UNEP also recommended it in its “Guidance Manual for Green Economy Policy Assessment”.[1]

More recently, MI has developed the Integrated Sustainable Goals (iSDG) Model, a comprehensive simulation tool that generates country-specific development scenarios to show the implications of policy on a country’s progress towards the SDGs. The model’s interface allows users to chart potential progress toward each of the SDGs; evaluate synergies and trade-offs among proposed policies and strategies; and foresee their long-term impacts up to year 2050. The iSDG model helps countries meet the crucial challenge of localizing and defining an efficient implementation program that generates high-impact results.


Integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG) Model

01. no poverty

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

02. zero hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

03. good health and well-being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

04. quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

05. gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

06. clean water and sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

07. affordable and clean energy

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy for all

08. decent work and economic growth

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

09. industry, innovation and infrastructure

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

10. reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries

11. sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

12. sustainable consumption and production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

13. climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

14. life below water

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

15. life on land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

16. peace and justice

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

17. partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development