From the preface of the Report:

Agenda2030 is an agenda for transformation - deep transformation. Its success therefore depends on transformative actions, not business as usual. Thus, governments, the private sector and civil society must ask ourselves what fundamental changes, innovations and collaboration we will bring about now to achieve the goals.

In challenging ourselves, we will develop innovations that will spur collaboration and progress towards solving the world’s most pressing problems. Indeed, Denmark is in a favourable position today because generations of politicians and civil society leaders have dared to set ambitious goals.

You are about to read a broad section of Danish civil society’s views on Denmark’s efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The goal-by-goal review includes 83 specific recommendations that can help Denmark chart a course for continuing its progress.

Our report challenges the widespread belief that Denmark, by and large, already has achieved the Sustainable Development Goals at home and that Denmark’s main contribution is to export sustainable solutions to help others implement them.

There is little doubt that Denmark is in a good starting position in comparison to other countries, based on decades of policy choices and investments in promoting social development, equitable growth PREFACE and sustainability. However, as this report shows, Denmark can and should do far more now to build on its success in a number of areas to embrace the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

To name a few areas, we have to produce and consume more sustainably because it is clear that if all the countries in the world had the levels of consumption that Danes do, we would be hurtling even faster towards catastrophic climate change. On reducing inequality, where Denmark has traditionally set an example to the world, the trend is actually moving in the wrong direction. Moreover, the structure of Denmark’s taxes and duties are still far from promoting Agenda2030.

Organisations and individuals with years of experience working with different aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals have prepared the following reviews of the Danish efforts at home and abroad. While the report does not try to be comprehensive in terms of covering all goals or painting a complete picture of Denmark’s progress, it presents a series of specific policy recommendations.

This report is a collaborative effort and all views expressed can only be attributed to the respective organisations behind the individual contributions. What unites us is the conviction that a strong and critical civil society voice, which constructively challenges power holders and holds them to account, is vital to meet the 2030 Agenda. Such efforts are no less important in Denmark than in any other country in the world.

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What will Denmark look like in 2030