The Goal Of Sustainable Development Goals

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The twelfth goal of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to “Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns” ("Open Working Group”).

Section I: Identifying Targets and Measurability

The targets for the twelfth SDG are outlined by the Open Working Group Proposal for Sustainable Development Goals and will be identified in the appendix and evaluated based on groupings that are similar in this section.

The measurability of targets 12.1, 12.c, 12.7, 12.6 and 12.8 are broad and unattainable because they do not define responsibilities meanwhile they call for “all countries” to take mass sweeping action. Target 12.8 calls for 7 billion people have the “relevant information” (which isn’t specified) to live in “harmony with nature”. Neither of these sentiments can be measured The target is vague and would not realistically be feasible for every country to achieve. Furthermore we cannot really measure the extent to which developing countries “take the lead” on implementing these targets worldwide. Another ambiguous target is the “encouragement of businesses in providing information in reports”. “Sustainable information” and more corporate social responsibility schemes do not indicate quantifiable change in business practices.

The measurability of targets 12.4, 12.2, 12.8, 12.3 have a time-based indicator but are far too reliable on the standard of ‘sustainability’ that they lack any measurable indicators. “sound management”, “efficiency”, “awareness” are all
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