Making science work for development

Maintaining the momentum for the SDGs: how can we transform societies for good?

19 September
3 West Club, 3 West 51st Street, New York, NY 10019

The Guardian’s annual side event to the UN general assembly is back in September to track the progress of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The global goals looked challenging enough in 2015. Two years later, amid political earthquakes, tightening budgets and manmade disasters, there is a wide agreement that achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will require nothing less than a transformative approach.

Where to begin? Join the Guardian for an afternoon of thought-provoking discussion and real world examples on Tuesday 19 September in New York. This will be the third edition of our annual side event to the UN general assembly focusing on the SDGs.

Keynote talks and panel discussions will explore these questions, among others:

  • How can we make progress on the goals despite financial constraints?
  • Taking climate change seriously in testing times: who is leading the way?
  • How can education prepare the youth bulge to have a positive impact on societies in the coming decades?


2pm Registration, networking reception and documentary showcase

2.30pm Welcome address, John Mulholland, interim editor, Guardian US

2.45pm Keynote address, Jeffrey Sachs, director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

3.05pm Reducing vulnerability to environmental and humanitarian crises: what can technology and international policies do?

3.50pm They’re in school but are they learning: exploring the most effective ways to spend the global education budget

4.40pm Keynote address: Lessons from the She Decides campaign: how to counter threats on women’s rights - Lilianne Ploumen, minister for foreign trade and development cooperation, the Netherlands government

4.55 pm Closing remarks

5pm-6pm Networking and documentary showcase

Due to an overwhelming response, registrations for this event are now closed.

For enquiries contact conferencesattheguardian [dot] com.