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Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to Reality

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Erwin-Schrödinger-Saal
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2015 will see the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations, laying out a very broad agenda of the world community in the fight for global equality. We take a realistic and critical look at the endeavour. Which goals should take priority? Where are synergies and interconnections that can make the implementation of the SDGs more effective?

Speakers

Former President of the Republic of Finland, Helsinki
Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations, New York
Professor of economics; leader in sustainable development; senior UN advisor; bestselling author; and syndicated columnist; New York
Director, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, London
PULS 4 Head of Info, ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4, Vienna Chair

Dr. Tarja HALONEN

Former President of the Republic of Finland, Helsinki

1968 Master of Laws, University of Helsinki
1969-1970 Social Affairs Secretary and Organizational Secretary of the National Union of Finnish Students
1970-1979 Lawyer with the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions SAK
1974-1975 Prime Minister s parliamentary secretary
1977-1996 Member of the Helsinki City Council
1979-2000 Member of Parliament
1984-1986 Chairman of the Parliamentary Social Affairs Committee
1987-1990 Minister at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, incl. Minister for Equality
1989-1991 Minister for Nordic Cooperation
1990-1991 Minister of Justice
1991-1994 Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Law Committee
1995 Chairman of the Parliamentary Grand Committee
1995-2000 Minister for Foreign Affairs
2000-2012 President of the Republic of Finland

Amina J. MOHAMMED

Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations, New York

 Amina J. Mohammed of Nigeria is the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.
 Ms. Mohammed was previously Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals after serving three Presidents over a period of six years. In 2005 she was charged with the coordination of the debt relief funds ($1 billion per annum) towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria. From 2002-2005, Ms. Mohammed served as coordinator of the Task Force on Gender and Education for the United Nations Millennium Project.

Dr. Jeffrey D. SACHS

Professor of economics; leader in sustainable development; senior UN advisor; bestselling author; and syndicated columnist; New York

1973 Staff Assistant to the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopolies, Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate
1974 Staff Assistant to United States Senator Phillip A. Hart
1977 Student Intern at Federal Research Board, Washington, DC
1978 Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm
1978-1980 Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, MA
1979-1980 Research Associate, Falk Institute of Economic Research, Jerusalem, Israel, Collaboration with Michael Bruno
1981 Visiting Research Associate, London School of Economics
1982 Consultant, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC
1983 Consultant, OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Visiting Professor, Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
1984-2002 Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade, Harvard University (Assistant Professor, 1980-1982, Associate Professor, 1982-1983, Full Professor 1984-2002)
1984-1986 Visiting Professor, Institute of World Economics, Kiel
1986-1987 Visiting Scholar, Bank of Japan and Japan Ministry of Finance, Tokyo
1990-1992 Visiting Professor of Macroeconomic Policy, WIDER - World Institute of Development Economics,Research, United Nations University, Helsinki
1994-1996 Founder and Chair, Executive Committee, Institute of Economic Analysis, Moscow
1995-1999 Director, Harvard Institute for International Development, Cambridge, MA
1998-2002 Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University
1999-2000 Member, International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission appointed by U.S. Congress
2000-2001 Chair, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health for the World Health Organization
2002-2006 Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Millennium Development Goals; Director, United Nations Millennium Project
2002-2016 Director, The Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Colombia University, New York
2007-2016 Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Millenium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals
 
 Current functions:
 Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University, New York
 Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres
 University Professor, Columbia University, New York
 Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
 Distinguished Fellow, IIASA - International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
 Co-Founder and Director, Millennium Promise
 Founder and Chair, SDG USA
 Economic Advisor to governments in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia
 Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA
 Member, Brookings Panel of Economists, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
 Co-Chair, Asian Economic Panel of Economists
2010-2015 Member, UN Secretary General's MDG Advocacy Group

M.Sc. Farooq ULLAH

Director, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, London

 Master of Science in Public Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London
2005-2007 Consultant, Halcrow Group Ltd
2007-2011 Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainable Development Commission
2011-2012 Head of Policy and Advocacy, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, London
2012 Executive Director Designate, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, London
since 2011 Specialist Advisor, UK Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee, London
since 2012 Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, London

Mag. Corinna MILBORN

PULS 4 Head of Info, ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4, Vienna

 Studium Politikwissenschaft und Geschichte in Wien, Granada, Guatemala
1995-1996 Menschenrechtsbeobachterin in Guatemala
1998-2002 Pressesprecherin und Globalization Officer beim WWF Österreich
seit 2003 Journalistin und Autorin mit den Schwerpunkten Globalisierung, Menschenrechte, Migration
seit 2003 Politikredakteurin beim Wirtschaftsmagazin Format
2006-2008 Recherchen, Beratung und Aufnahmeleitungen für den Dokumentarfilm "Let's Make Money" von Erwin Wagenhofer
2007-2012 Moderation, Club 2, ORF
2010-2012 Stellvertretende Chefredakteurin, News
seit 2012 Moderatorin, Pro und Contra - Der AustriaNews Talk, PULS 4
seit 2013 Informationsdirektorin, Prosieben Sat1 PULS4
2013-2014 Moderatorin, "Die letzten Zeugen" von Doron Rabinovici und Matthias Hartmann, Burgtheater Wien

Political Symposium

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29.08.2015

18:00 - 19:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner

30.08.2015

11:00 - 12:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
14:00 - 16:00OpeningPlenary
16:30 - 18:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
18:30 - 20:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
19:30 - 21:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
20:00 - 22:00ReceptionSocial
22:00 - 23:30Young Talents - Los ColoradosCulture

31.08.2015

08:00 - 09:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do's and Don'ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
09:30 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities - Future Chances?Breakout
12:00 - 13:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society's Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant's SkillsBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
13:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
17:00 - 18:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
19:00 - 20:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
21:00 - 22:30CANCELED - Late Night Talk: Islam, "Islamic State" and ViolencePlenary

01.09.2015

09:00 - 09:30InDignityPlenary
09:30 - 10:15Existential RisksPlenary
10:45 - 12:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
12:15 - 12:30Concluding RemarksPlenary