Prioritising Between the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Student thesis: Master thesis (including HD thesis)

  • Astrid Dalum Bøgh Jensen
  • Anna Klausholt Andersen
4. term, Geography, Master (Master Programme)
The present thesis explores how the United Nations member states’ prioritisation between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) potentially affect the realisation of sustainable development.
This is done firstly by establishing an analytical framework through a focused literature review and semi-structured interviews.
Furthermore, an analysis of the Voluntary National Reviews, submitted by 115 member states from 2016 to 2020, is conducted using topic modelling and classification. The analytical results are then geovisualised in ArcMap and afterwards analysed and discussed in the context of the analytical framework.
Lastly, it is concluded that the member states tend not to prioritise the SDGs equally, as intended by the UN through Agenda 2030, nor entirely in accordance with a suggested optimal regional differentiated prioritisation. Consequently, the current tendencies of prioritisation potentially affect the realisation of sustainable development negatively.
SpecialisationIntegrative Geography
Publication date10 Jun 2021
Number of pages115
ID: 414376610