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Integrated Sustainable Development Goals (iSDG) Model

The iSDG is 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. It is easy to use and gives policy makers and analysts the capability to:

  • Visualize how, under different scenarios, a country would progress towards each of the SDGs, highlighting specific areas for intervention or additional investment.
  • Evaluate the likely benefits of proposed policies and strategies, and reduce and mitigate undesired long-term impacts (up to year 2050).
  • Ensure policy coherence across areas of intervention, reveal synergies and trade-offs, and facilitate the alignment of SDG strategies with other national development plans.
  • Define an efficient policy implementation schedule that facilitates high-impact results and helps monitor progress towards each of the SDG indicators.
  • Produce results for SDG progress reports, outlining performance and challenges across the 17 goals.

The iSDG Core Model includes 30 sectors: 10 social sectors, 10 economic sectors, and 10 environmental sectors. The sectors interact with one another dynamically through a complex network of feedback loops. Unlike static SDG indicators databases and indexes that provide a measure of where a country is, the iSDG Model focuses on the interactions within the SDG system to reveal the best paths and progression towards achieving the SDGs.

The iSDG model builds on the Millennium Institute’s Threshold 21 model, a fully integrated multi-sector national planning model that has been used in over 40 countries with the support of development partners, including the UNDP. The iSDG model can be customized for any country or region with data sourced locally or from international databases.

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Geographical coverage: 

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