edited by Naveen Kolloju (Woxsen University)
Since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the member countries of the United Nations have come up with various initiatives through their policy innovations. Despite promising efforts, it is widely accepted that the pace of progress in achieving the SDGs at the global level has produced mixed results. Many societies in underdeveloped and developing countries continue to face myriad problems, including hunger, food security, global warming, climate change, the energy crisis, severe governance failure in public service delivery, and so on.
It is believed that the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on effective governance mechanisms in accordance with sound public policy formulation and effective implementation. The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (2021) highlighted the necessity for the implementation of practical advancements right from the grassroots levels to meet the aspirations of the 2030 Agenda. Competence is, therefore, regarded as one of the guiding values of efficient governance, which includes an effective delivery of public services and a proactive feedback mechanism.
Nevertheless, the functioning of the public sector in relation to achieving the SDGs remains a key policy concern in many countries. Given this context, this issue of Glocalism attempts to examine the governance mechanisms and implementation of public policy innovations needed to fulfill Agenda 2030. The issue also highlights the practical challenges in its implementation and offers policy suggestions, by integrating innovation and sustainability through public policies while utilizing both expert and empirical knowledge to produce more significant results.
Deadline: January 31, 2024. This issue (2023, 3) is scheduled to appear at end of March 2024.