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SUSTAINEO 2030: Learning Sustainable Development from the Future

Dear Readers,
Today we understand sustainable development to be the great challenge of the 21st century.

Member states of the United Nations and stakeholders globally are currently mobilizing to establish the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This includes developing a set of new global goals to succeed the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) once they expire at the end of 2015.

As a contribution to this post-2015 process, the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and Novel Futures invite you on a journey to the year 2030.

Our guide Grace will lead you and five ministers from 2015 through Sustaineo, a fictional country established in 2015 which, by 2030, has begun to prosper from an impressive array of sustainable development-focused governance structures
and policy instruments.

We present the Sustaineo 2030 scenario in order to explore which governance structures could ensure the mainstreaming of sustainable development as a guiding principle in politics, business and society. Sustaineo is not a parallel universe
in which technology and social systems have been invented entirely anew. On the contrary; it is based on actual experiences in real situations that have been examined as part of a global study and presented in the form of a narrative.
In contributing to the Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future project, the Bertelsmann Stiftung worked with the International Institute for Sustainable Development to conduct research in 35 countries. The project sought out successful
sustainability strategies and policy approaches and analyzed the reasons driving their success. Key evaluation criteria included the quality of strategies and policy approaches, their implementation potential, levels of participation and concrete achievements in policy delivery.

In a second phase of the project, five particularly successful case studies –
Bhutan, Costa Rica, Finland, Ghana and Tasmania – were examined in greater detail. The results of this research were published in the Bertelsmann Stiftung publication Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future. It is the fictional ministers
from these four exemplary countries and one exemplary Australian state who will accompany you on your journey to Sustaineo. Their goal is to understand both the ways in which their own solutions have contributed to a better future
and how the examples put forward by others can assist them in the present.

We are excited about the opportunities for success in sustainable development
policymaking. It is our hope that the scenario presented by Sustaineo 2030 will help us all make the post-2015 process a success.

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