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Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to Reality

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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?

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; Syndicated Columnist, New York
Director, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, London
PULS 4 Head of Info, ProSieben Sat.1 PULS 4, Vienna


Former President of the Republic of Finland, Helsinki

Master of Laws, University of Helsinki Social Affairs Secretary and Organizational Secretary of the National Union of Finnish Students Lawyer with the Central Organization of Finnish Trade Unions SAK Prime Minister s parliamentary secretary Member of the Helsinki City Council Member of Parliament Chairman of the Parliamentary Social Affairs Committee Minister at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, incl. Minister for Equality Minister for Nordic Cooperation Minister of Justice Vice-Chairman of the Parliamentary Law Committee Chairman of the Parliamentary Grand Committee Minister for Foreign Affairs


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; Syndicated Columnist, New York

Staff Assistant to the Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopolies, Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate Staff Assistant to United States Senator Phillip A. Hart Student Intern at Federal Research Board, Washington, DC Visiting Scholar, Institute for International Economic Studies, Stockholm Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, Cambridge, MA Research Associate, Falk Institute of Economic Research, Jerusalem, Israel, Collaboration with Michael Bruno Visiting Research Associate, London School of Economics Consultant, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC Consultant, OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Visiting Professor, Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris Galen L. Stone Professor of International Trade, Harvard University (Assistant Professor, 1980-1982, Associate Professor, 1982-1983, Full Professor 1984-2002) Visiting Professor, Institute of World Economics, Kiel Visiting Scholar, Bank of Japan and Japan Ministry of Finance, Tokyo Visiting Professor of Macroeconomic Policy, WIDER - World Institute of Development Economics,Research, United Nations University, Helsinki Founder and Chair, Executive Committee, Institute of Economic Analysis, Moscow Director, Harvard Institute for International Development, Cambridge, MA Director, Center for International Development, Harvard University Member, International Financial Institutions Advisory Commission appointed by U.S. Congress Chair, Commission on Macroeconomics and Health for the World Health Organization, Geneva Special Advisor to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan on Millennium Development Goals; Director, United Nations Millennium Project Director, The Earth Institute and Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, Colombia University, New York 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

M.Sc. Farooq ULLAH

Director, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, London

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

Mag. Corinna MILBORN

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

Menschenrechtsbeobachterin in Guatemala Pressesprecherin und Globalization Officer beim WWF Österreich Journalistin und Autorin mit den Schwerpunkten Globalisierung, Menschenrechte, Migration Politikredakteurin beim Wirtschaftsmagazin Format Recherchen, Beratung und Aufnahmeleitungen für den Dokumentarfilm "Let's Make Money" von Erwin Wagenhofer Moderation, Club 2, ORF Stellvertretende Chefredakteurin, News Moderatorin, Pro und Contra - Der AustriaNews Talk, PULS 4 Informationsdirektorin, Prosieben Sat1 PULS4
 Studium Politikwissenschaft und Geschichte in Wien, Granada, Guatemala
seit 2003
seit 2003
seit 2012
seit 2013

Political Symposium

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09:00 - 10:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
12:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 21:30Young Talents – Los ColoradosCulture


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


07:00 - 07:30InDignityPlenary
07:30 - 08:15Existential RisksPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
10:15 - 10:30Concluding RemarksPlenary