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Politics & Public Policy

Happy Dog Takes on The World: UN Sustainability Goals - Can 17 Initiatives Transform the World?

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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"There's a responsibility to aim loftily and think high." – Amanda McCoy

On September 25, 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were ratified by all 193 countries in the United Nations (UN). These goals are focused on eliminating poverty and hunger, reducing inequality, addressing climate change, creating sustainable cities and communities, and encouraging responsible consumption - all by 2030. The SDGs follow and expand on the eight millennium development goals (MDGs), which were adopted by world leaders at the UN in 2000.

Proponents of the SDGs believe they are integral to improving well-being around the world while critics argue the goals are too idealistic and too difficult to implement and measure. Are the SDGs achievable? Can they successful reduce poverty and eliminate inequality where other efforts have failed? Join us, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, IPM, and the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies (NOCMES) for a conversation on the evolution, feasibility and potential implementation of the SDGs.

Panelists include:

Ben Fitch-Fleischmann, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics & Environmental Studies, Oberlin College

Amanda McCoy, Principal, Eclatant Consulting

Milena Sterio, J.D., The Charles R. Emrick Jr. - Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

This conversation will be moderated by WCPN host/producer Tony Ganzer.

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