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Global Goals Conference

On 28 April 2016 the London International Development Centre and the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity will host:

Global Goals: Take Action

It will take place in the Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre on behalf of UCL, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), SOAS, Royal Veterinary College (RVC), and Birkbeck. The conference address the challenges presented by the the post-2015 development agenda.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development (also known as the SDGs) build on the Millennium Development Goals, which were aimed at meeting the needs of the world's poorest in low and middle income countries.

The new Global Goals are universal and also applicable to developed, as well as developing, countries.

The conference aims to challenge students to think about the impact of the goals and how that might be relevant to them in the future, and guide them towards training and careers.

The conference is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines from UCL, LSHTM, SOAS, RVC, and Birkbeck

The Global Goals are set to run from 2015 to 2030, a time scale which will coincide with a sizable proportion of current students’ careers. The conference will be targeted at students from across all subject areas – to include medicine, public health, engineering, politics, law, pharmacy, veterinary science, anthropology, geography, environmental sciences and development studies, among others.


• Welcome from Professor Jeff Waage OBE, Director of the London International Development Centre;
• A panel discussion including Stephen Twigg MP, Chair of the International Development Select Committee and Professor Sir Andy Haines of LSHTM;
• Dedicated discussion sessions on the Global Goals;
• Dame Henrietta Moore, Director of the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, presenting the keynote speaker; Nik Hartley CEO of Restless Development
• Networking opportunities at the coffee and lunch breaks.

A panel debate will kick things off and then everyone will have the opportunity to get involved in more focused discussions with leading experts in international development around clusters of goals on six desks.

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The conference will end with a high profile guest to bring conclude and bring together all the day's ideas towards action for 2030.

The conference is free for all undergraduate and postgraduate students from Birkbeck, SOAS, LSHTM, RVC and UCL. How much do you know about the goals? Please take our survey for a chance to win a £50 gift voucher.

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Programme outline:

10:00 – 10:10: Welcome and introduction (Gustave Tuck lecture theatre)
10:10 – 11:10 Panel discussion (Gustave Tuck lecture theatre)
11:10 – 11:25 Coffee break (Wilkins Garden Room)
11:25 – 13:10 Parallel workshops (various rooms in UCL)
13:10 – 14:05 Lunch (Wilkins Garden and Common Room)
14:05 – 15:10 Moderators’ feedback and discussion plenary (Gustave Tuck lecture theatre)
15:10 – 15:30 Coffee break (Wilkins Garden Room)
15:30 – 16:30 Key note address Nik Hartley in conversation with Dame Henrietta Moore (Gustave Tuck lecture theatre)
16:30 – 17:00 Closing remarks (Gustave Tuck lecture theatre)

Academics from six London university colleges have been exploring the interactions between post-2015 development target setting areas as part of Thinking Beyond Sectors for Sustainable Development.

Coordinated by the London International Development Centre (LIDC), the project has brought together social and political scientists, natural scientists, geographers, urban planners, agronomists, human and animal health experts and natural resource experts with a shared interest in the ongoing post-2015, sustainable development goal setting agenda.

The project involves almost forty academics from University College London (UCL), School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), the UCL-Institute of Education (UCL-IOE), Birkbeck, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

One of the main messages from the book Thinking Beyond Sectorsproduced as part of the research, is that governance of development goals is important to the design and future implementation of the SDGs. It also shows the 17 SDGs represented in three concentric layers, reflecting their main intended outcomes. This framework reveals potential conflicts and synergies between goals, and how their interactions might be governed.

Download the book for free