GLOBALGOALS offers the first and most comprehensive data compilation, network mapping and comparative institutional analysis of the evolution, effectiveness and future prospects of 'global governance through goals' as a central novel steering mechanism in world politics.

The SDG Impact Assessment, involving more than sixty scholars from all over the world, is available for open access via Cambridge University Press.


The GLOBALGOALS project team is a vibrant international group of researchers based at Utrecht University, investigating the Sustainable Development Goals as novel governance interventions from varied perspectives. The group works with a global network of affiliated researchers and partner institutions.

Meet the Team

Prof. Frank Biermann

Principal Investigator

Prof Frank Biermann is a research professor of global sustainability governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Side-Event: 2022 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development


The session, Side Event to the 2022 United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, took stock of the core findings of the SDG Impact Assessment and concluded with a high-level discussion on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can move beyond political discourse. Experts discussed how to galvanize solutions in all societal sectors that lead to fundamental and transformational change.

The knowledge obtained during this side-event will serve as valuable input for the 2023 midterm review of the SDGs.