The world has progressed and changed substantially in recent decades. How to guarantee a world that is socially, economically and environmentally sustainable is a question that governments, specialists, academics, businesses, and citizens around the world are trying to answer. As part of this debate, the UN is working on a package of Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted in 2015 for fifteen years. With that goal, it has been launched a broad consultation process with the inspirational call “the world we want 2015”.
In this line, the recently created UN Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F, http://www.sdgfund.org) and the Instituto Cervantes will organize a set of open 15i dialogues throughout the year in which specialists, professionals, activists, entrepreneurs and academics will propose ideas for a more sustainable world. In the equation 15i, ¨i¨ stands for ideas, imagination, inspiration, but also for innovation, inclusion and interaction. 15i dialogues will be organized as a set of interactive dialogues where attendees, both face-to-face or virtually, will be able to engage on the topics discussed by submitting questions and posting their comments.
The cycle will start September 15 with a dialogue entitled ¨Development Cooperation – New actors, new challenges¨ that will set the stage for future dialogues.
- Bruno Moro, Director, Sustainable Development Goals Fund. Based on a development career of more than 30 years at the United Nations, Mr. Moro will share how he sees development cooperation changing and what initatives have contributed to tackle problems such as poverty, climate change or exclusion in countries where he has worked.
- Daniel Runde, director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., will describe political and historical approaches to new challenges for development cooperation, including new priorities and new actors.
- Jeffery Huffines, CIVICUS Representative in New York, will share how civil society is actively engaging in the post 2015 discussions and how civil society is evolving as a development partner and its role in this new development agenda.
- Annette Richardson, from the United Nations Office for Partnerships, will describe how the private sector is finding new ways to participate in development initiatives that are inclusive and sustainable in the long-run.
- David Ito, director of Tombo Productions and producer of humanitarian and development aid documentaries, will moderate this first 15i dialogue and will share his thoughts on how this new development landscape can be communicated and presented in a way that will encourage communities, governments and citizens to get involved and engage on these issues.
In future dialogues, 15i will bring ideas and experiences on how to achieve greater gender equality, environmental sustainability, reducing inequalities and using the worldview of indigenous peoples to better understand the challenges of development. If you are looking to be inspired, excited to get involved or even have your own ideas about how to build a more sustainable world, we invite you to join us and make a difference to the future.
Dialogues 15i will also be available online (www.sdgfund.org), where you can access the dialogues and participate in the conversations.
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Web: newyork.cervantes.org / www.sdgfund.org