The University of Southampton

Delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Event

Sustainable Development
17:15, 6 December 2017
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

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Event details

The final event in the 2017 environment public lecture series, will take place on Wednesday 6 December in London and focuses on Delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Keynote lectures from The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Rt Hon Baroness Scotland, Professor Charlotte Watts, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for International Development and Professor Sybren Drijfhout, Professor in Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics at the University of Southampton, will precede a panel discussion.

The event will be live-streamed from this page on Wednesday 6 December from 17:15

At the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, the countries of the world agreed a hugely ambitious set of targets to transform the planet and the lives of the people living on it. These 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are a massive challenge to the international community, and will require concerted action and good will amongst policy makers at the national and international level over the next decade and beyond. The SDGs cover a range of issues around people (such as ending hunger and poverty, and ensuring health, education and gender equality), development (water, energy, industry) and the environment, including of course the need to tackle climate change. Each of the individual SDGs is a huge challenge in itself, but they are also interdependent, sometimes in complex ways.

In this session, we will explore some of the major challenges at the political level to deliver the SDGs, and the issues which the international community will need to address in order to succeed. At the same time, we will look at the role that universities and academic experts can play in supporting national and international policy makers over the coming years as they grapple with these huge challenges.

Speaker information

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland
Rt Hon Patricia Scotland

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland

Baroness Scotland became the sixth Secretary-General of the Commonwealth in April 2016.  As Secretary-General, she is responsible for promoting and protecting the Commonwealth’s values, representing the Commonwealth publically and the management of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Before becoming Secretary-General, she had a successful career as a barrister, being called to the bar in 1977 and appointed a Queen’s Council in 1991. Appointed to the House of Lords in 1997, she held a number of ministerial roles in in the UK Government between 1999 and 2010.

Professor Sybren Drijfhout
Professor Sybren Drijfhout

Professor Sybren Drijfhout

Sybren Drijfhout is Professor in the Physical Oceanography and Climate Physics within the Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.  Sybren’s research revolves around the role of the ocean in climate change, and vice versa, the impact of climate change on the ocean, in particular the stability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and abrupt climate change.  Sybren’s research methods include the use of ocean and climate models; NEMO and HadGEM3 together with MSM-group of NERC and the UK Met Office, and idealised models based on a.o. MITgcm for process evaluation, and analysis of the CMIP5 database to study the impact of climate change

Charlotte Watts
Charlotte Watts

Charlotte Watts

Professor Charlotte Watts PhD FMedSci is Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development, where she is Director of the Research and Evidence Division. Charlotte is seconded from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she is a Professor in Social and Mathematical Epidemiology. She is a global expert on HIV and on violence against women, with her work over the past twenty five years spanning analyses of the social, economic and gendered determinants of HIV risk, mathematical modelling of disease trajectories, intervention design and evaluation, economic evaluation and co-financing approaches.

Charlotte has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Warwick, is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and foreign associate member of the US National Academy of Medicine. She has published over two hundred publications, led large research programmes, and supervised PhD students.

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