Translating ‘sustainable development’ from vision to action: a discourse analysis of the textual implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in Norwegian and Swedish follow up documents

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development was declared by the UN General assembly in 2015. With its 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets the agenda constitutes an action plan for transformation in areas of critical importance for humanity and the planet. Adopted by 193 Member states of the UN, the agenda represents a unique mobilization, and is likely to have profound impact on national and global development.

The Agenda presents a global vision, but in order to be transformative, it must be operationalized and implemented in concrete political strategies and action plans on a broad range of levels.

This project will investigate the implementation of the global SDGs into national and local follow up documents in Norway and Sweden. Focus will be on the implicit logics embedded the documents, which deliver premises that become produced and reproduced, or maybe contested, in the process of translating the SDGs from vision to concrete political strategies and action.

The project will create insight into the translation of knowledge and power embedded in the textual chains in which universal visions are implemented as concrete, national and local political action.


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Ida Lillehagen

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Helsevitenskapelig utdanningssenter



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  • Start: september 2017
  • Slutt: mars 2020
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