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.

Side Event: 2023 UNECE Regional Forum

The event, “Multi-level acceleration for the SDGs in the UNECE region,” will reflect on insights from practice and research on the global, national and local implementation of the SDGs, among a broad range of actors in the  UNECE region. Based on the discussion, a summary of key findings will be written, which may serve as further input for the HLPF in July 2023 and the SDG Summit in September 2023.


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.