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The UN Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals or One?

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The proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being developed by the world community under the auspices of the UN, provide benchmarks for eradicating poverty, protecting the environment, and empowering people and communities. In September of this year, the UN will convene a summit to adopt these goals as the post-2015 development agenda.
What is the current state of the proposed goals? And do they guide us in one direction—or in 17? Efforts to achieve the individual goals could compete for critical attention and financing. The economic development goals and the environmental sustainability goals—if pursued in isolation--could undermine each other. On the other hand, the breadth of the goals could provide momentum for cooperating across sectors and pursuing policies that provide multiple benefits.
Join us as speakers from USAID, the World Resources Institute, and George Mason University discuss the current state of the SDGs and the challenges and opportunities for comprehensively pursuing the sustainable development goals.
This event is a part of our “Managing Our Planet” seminar series, developed jointly by George Mason University, the Brazil Institute, and the Environmental Change and Security Program. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are at a planetary scale, requiring planetary-scale solutions.


  • Manish Bapna

    Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute
  • Thomas Lovejoy

    Board Member
    Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation; Professor, George Mason University; Brazil Institute and ECSP Advisory Board Member
  • Dann Sklarew

    Associate Director, Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
  • Ellen H. Starbird

    Director, USAID Office of Population and Reproductive Health