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BMJ Glob Health. 2016 Nov 24;1(3):e000068. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2016-000068. eCollection 2016.

The importance of an integrating framework for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: the example of health and well-being.

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Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development came into force in January 2016 as the central United Nations (UN) platform for achieving 'integrated and indivisible' goals and targets across the three characteristic dimensions of sustainable development: the social, environmental and economic. We argue that, despite the UN adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a framework for operationalising them in an integrated fashion is lacking. This article puts forth a framework for integrating health and well-being across the SDGs as both preconditions and outcomes of sustainable development. We present a rationale for this approach, and identify the challenges and opportunities for implementing and monitoring such a framework through a series of examples. We encourage other sectors to develop similar integrating frameworks for supporting a more coordinated approach for operationalising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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