The European Journal of Development Research

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 166–168 | Cite as

Managing Global Disruptions by Working Towards Global Constitutionalism

  • Joyeeta Gupta


Achim Steiner, head of UNDP, argues that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer the global community an extraordinary opportunity for change. He conveys a message of hope. Although there are social, political, ecological and economic threats facing humanity, he argues that the SDGs give a platform to aspire and work together for a better world. I think he is right in emphasizing a positive outlook as negativism can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I would like to complement Steiner’s views by arguing that we can anticipate four potential mutually reinforcing disruptions. Since governance processes tend to be reactive, especially in the global capitalist system, they are unable to preempt such future problems. They also tend to be fragmented and unable to take the systemic approach necessary to address these systemic problems. Therefore, I will argue that one way to address the socio-ecological injustices arising from such governance processes would be a global...

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© European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Environment and Development in the Global SouthUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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