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October 21, 2020 Wednesday 12:12:44 PM IST

UCL hosts global conference on UN Sustainable Development Goals

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Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is among a host of eminent speakers from across the world discussing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a UCL conference that started on 19 October 2020. Running until October 29th, the ‘Beyond Boundaries: Realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) conference, which is believed to be the first of its kind at UCL, brings together world-leading experts and champions of sustainable development to examine how universities can galvanise research and teaching to support the SDGs. The conference, jointly hosted by UCL Grand Challenges and the Global Engagement Office, features presentations and panel discussions across a range of key topics including sustainability in a COVID-19 context, achieving inclusive wealth and addressing global inequalities.

Speakers come from countries including Australia, Japan and South Africa and from across government, academia, the media and think tanks. They include Special Envoy of WHO Director-General on COVID-19 Dr David Nabarro, Guardian and Observer investigative journalist Carol Cadwalladr, Delhi-based environmentalist and author, Dr Sunita Narain and Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town.

UCL’s own researchers will also present, including co-chair and renowned economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato, doctor and former WHO Director Professor Anthony Costello, psychologist and SAGE advisor Professor Susan Michie and climate scientist and author Professor Mark Maslin. The conference will also showcase UCL student projects which respond to and provide innovative solutions towards achieving the SDGs.  

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