Achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Nygård, Håvard Mokleiv (2016) Achieving the Sustainable Development Agenda, International Area Studies Review.

​  This paper discusses Norway's development cooperation under the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda. It provides background on Norway's governance system for development cooperation, discusses particular issues and topics present policy focuses on, which countries Norwegian development cooperation is especially focused on, and strategies and policies for achieving the SDG agenda both at-home and abroad. The role of education as a core part of Norwegian development cooperation is highlighted and discussed throughout. A recurring theme is the role of conflict, stability, and fragility for Norwegian development cooperation. As discussed, Norway has a long-standing tradition of involvement in peacebuilding across the globe. The explicit link made by the new SDG agenda between peace and justice, through SDG 16, and the other goals in many ways brings the UN's priorities in line with what has been a guiding principle for Norwegian development cooperation for several decades already.


Håvard Mokleiv Nygård

Håvard Mokleiv Nygård

Senior Researcher. Managing Editor, International Area Studies Review