The latest Development in Practice special issue, guest-edited by Suzanne H. Hammad, Esmat Zaidan, and Mohammad Al-Saidi, is now available online and reflects on sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals in the context of the Gulf region. Many of the articles are open access, available to freely read and download.

The 17 SDGs paving the way towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development became effective in 2016, with states having 15 years to take concrete action towards achieving these goals. Yet to date, there remains a discrepancy between the rate of global progress and the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda.

This special issue focuses on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states in the Arab region to examine the frameworks and efforts introduced since their pledges to the sustainability agenda. In recent decades GCC states’ national strategies have incorporated more issues such as the effective utilisation of natural resources to achieve sustainable development, or the promotion of environmentally friendly technologies and practices. This has been reflected in the region’s economic, environmental, and social policymaking, which have continued to evolve since endorsing the SDGs. The SDGs provided these states with a guiding framework and accountability structure.

The articles reflect the guest editors’ commitment to highlight scholarship about the sustainability transition in the GCC states, a region that has been relatively less debated and published on. The issue shares insights from research and practice in and about the region, and seeks to bridge the work of academics, policymakers and practitioners – all of whom are essential actors to real transition towards sustainable development.

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You can also browse the whole back catalogue of open access articles from the journal here.