The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In 2015 all countries of the United Nations agreed to 17 global sustainable development goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.  It represents the first time in history that all nations have agreed to a shared vision of the future for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

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SDGs and the UN System


Novel Futures provides support and advice to UN agencies for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Clients include the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Development Group, UNICEF, the UN Development Programme, and the UN Office for Sustainable Development. In this capacity Novel Futures Director, Darren Swanson, coordinated the creation of the UN's online SDG Acceleration Toolkit.

SDGs and Government


Novel Futures provides training, consulting and facilitation services to governments for mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals (SDGs) into strategies, plans and monitoring systems. Darren Swanson led the research, drafting and training for the UN Development Group's SDG Mainstreaming Reference Guide.  

SDGs and Business


As a judge for CPA Canada's annual corporate reporting awards for the past 15 years,  Darren Swanson has witnessed innovations that have helped businesses stand out from among their competitors and peers, including through integrated reporting and most recently, by incorporating the SDGs. As a Director and Project Officer of the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Measurement & Assessment program for ten years, Darren assisted with internal corporate  sustainability reporting using the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

SDGs and Communities


As a past member of the project team for Winnipeg's community wellbeing indicator system, PEG, and as a current steering group member and associate of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Darren Swanson understands first hand how critically important stakeholder engagement is in conceptualizing, measuring and navigating progress toward community wellbeing and sustainability.



Novel Futures delivers 2030 Agenda and SDG training to governments around the world. For example, in working with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank, the UN Office for Sustainable Development, and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Finance, Novel Futures organized and facilitated the training Workshop on National Planning and the SDGs for the Middle East and Central Asia Region.

Networking and Facilitation


Novel Futures has assisted the UN Office for Sustainable Development in coordinating and facilitating its annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum since its inception in 2014. This flagship event convenes hundreds of government representatives and experts from around the world each year in the Republic of Korea to share good practices and lessons learned in mainstreaming sustainable development into national  and sub-national planning.


Novel Futures assisted UNICEF and the UN Development Group in creating the SDG Acceleration Toolkit, an online compendium of tools for analysing the interconnections among SDGs, achieving the pledge to 'leave no one behind', and doing risk-informed development planning.