to Content

08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offer

-
Hauptschule
Breakout / Sustainability
english language

The Agenda 2030 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals provides a shared vision for the world. Implementation, however, lags behind the ambitious targets. The SDG Index by Bertelsmann Stiftung and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network has been assessing country performance on the Sustainable Development Goals on an annual basis since 2015 (www.sdgindex.org). Its motivation is to raise awareness for the historical commitments and to facilitate peer-learning towards implementing the SDGs. What are the most pressing issues that countries face? What can be learnt from best practices?

Speakers

Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh Introduction
Senior Vice President, United Nations Foundation, New York
Managing Director, Environment Agency Austria, Vienna
Director, Business Ethics, Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera AG, Vienna
Professor of economics; leader in sustainable development; senior UN advisor; bestselling author; and syndicated columnist; New York
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh Chair
Former Secretary-General, United Nations; Chairman, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Vienna Comment

Dr. Christian KROLL

Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

 Dr. Christian Kroll is the Scientific Co-Director of the SDG Index and Dashboards to measure country performance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Christian was honoured for his work as one of 100 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2018, alongside distinguished leaders from around the globe. He works as Senior Expert for Sustainable Development at Bertelsmann Stiftung. He authored numerous articles in scientific journals and policy-oriented reports, including "Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready" with a foreword by Kofi Annan. He is also a Guest Lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he developed the country’s first university course on the SDGs. He taught classes at the London School of Economics and held academic positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as Jacobs University Bremen. Christian gained a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a thesis entitled "Towards a Sociology of Happiness". His research has featured in national and international media such as the Harvard Business Review, Washington Post, Le Monde, Die Zeit, ARD, Spiegel Online among others.

MA Susan MYERS

Senior Vice President, United Nations Foundation, New York

 Susan Myers is the UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President. Ms. Myers has served as Executive Director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation since 2000. As a member of the Foundation's leadership team, she provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the organization. Previously, she served as Legislative Director of the Better World Campaign, a bi-partisan, non-profit national education and outreach effort dedicated to enhancing the awareness of and appreciation for the vital role the United Nations plays around the world. In this position, she led successful campaigns for the payment of over $1 billion in U.S. arrears to the UN and for the re-entry of the U.S. to UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) after an 18-year absence from the organization.
 
 Susan holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Previous experience includes working in the Governmental Relations and Public Affairs Office of the Legal Services Corporation and Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association. She has also served on the boards of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Citizens for Global Solutions.

MAS Monika MÖRTH

Managing Director, Environment Agency Austria, Vienna

1997-1999 Head of Administration Donau-Auen Nationalpark, Orth/Donau
1999-2003 Head of Media & Campaigning, WWF - World Wide Fund For Nature Austria, Vienna
2003-2011 Head of Communications, Marketing & Organisation Development, Environment Agency Austria
2011-2013 Head of Administration, Environment Agency Austria
2014-2017 Supervisory Board, Environment Agency Austria
2014-2017 Deputy Head of Cabinet, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Watermanagement
since 2018 Managing Director, Environment Agency Austria

Dr. Herbert RITSCH

Director, Business Ethics, Bankhaus Schelhammer & Schattera AG, Vienna

since 2016 Director Business Ethics and Sustainability, Bankhaus Schelhammer und Schattera, Wien
2013-2015 Head of Sustainable Investments, Bank Gutmann, Wien
2008-2013 Senior Client Advisor, Pioneer Investments, Wien
2006-2008 Head of Treasury, Volksbank Kärnten, Klagenfurt
1998-2006 Head of Riskmanagement and Investor Relations, Hypo Alpe Adria Bank, Klagenfurt
1996-1998 Head of Quality Assurrance, T-Mobile, Wien
1995-1996 Software Engineer, Raiffeisen Datennetz, Wien
1993-1994 EU/ ESPRIT Project Researcher, Software Engineering Services, München
1991-1993 Quality Assurancer, IBM Lab Vienna

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, Geneva
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

Aart Jan DE GEUS

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

1980 Master of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam
1980-1993 CNV - Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands), Utrecht
1993-1998 Vice Chairman, CNV - Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands), Utrecht
1998-2002 Partner, Boer & Croon, Amsterdam
2002-2007 Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands, cabinet Balkenende
2007-2011 Deputy Secretary-General, OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris
2011-2012 Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh
since 2012 Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh

BA MA Ki-moon BAN

Former Secretary-General, United Nations; Chairman, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, Vienna

 Ban Ki-moon has had an extensive career as a senior representative, policy maker and diplomat of the Republic of Korea. Following a stint as ambassador to Austria, Ban returned to Seoul as vice-minister of foreign affairs In 2003 he became foreign policy adviser to the new president, Roh Moo Hyun. As minister of foreign affairs and trade from 2004 to 2006, Ban played a key role in the six-party talks aimed at denuclearizing North Korea.
 The Harvard University Alumni was elected as United Nations Secretary General in 2006 and held this position form 2007 to 2016. He currently holds more than a dozen prestigious Chairmanships inter alia at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and at the Boao Forum for Asia.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

13:30 - 16:30My Europe - My StoryPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in educationPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
15:00 - 16:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
17:00 - 18:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:30 - 20:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
18:30 - 20:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:15 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in politicsPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
13:00 - 14:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do?Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in businessPartner
09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary