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Before the UN Sustainable Development Goals

May 11, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, provide a blueprint for the global community to address pressing global challenges, from hunger to climate change. Before the UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Historical Companion (OUP, 2022) tells the decades- or centuries-old backstory of each of the 17 SDGs, with a focus on the global human connections, governance tools and frameworks, and the actors involved in past efforts to address sustainable development challenges. Fanzo, Gutmann, and Gorman will speak about the book, with a focus on the histories of SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 9 (industry, innovations and infrastructure), SDG 15 (life on land), and SDG 17 (global partnerships).

About the speakers

Jessica Fanzo is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University

Martin Gutmann is University Lecturer at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland. Previously, he was a senior lecturer and Managing Director of the ETH Zurich Swiss School of Public Governance

Dan Gorman is Professor, University of Waterloo at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

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May 11, 2022
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Balsillie School of International Affairs, 67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, ON Canada
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