Systems Leadership for Sustainable Development: Strategies for Achieving Systemic Change 

Lisa Dreier
David Nabarro
Jane Nelson

September 2019


The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda includes 17 inter-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), each representing complex systems -- such as climate, food, health, cities -- with myriad stakeholders. Achieving progress on this agenda requires a departure from traditional top-down, hierarchical and linear approaches to implementing change. Instead, it requires innovative and adaptive approaches that engage broad networks of diverse stakeholders to advance progress toward a shared vision for systemic change. This approach is called Systems Leadership.

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