Making the Millennium Development Goals Sustainable
With a target date of 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of highly ambitious objectives to help eradicate poverty, reduce environmental degradation, and improve global health standards across the globe. With less than two years remaining to meet the deadlines, some goals – such as halving those without access to clean water – will be met, many others not. What comes next?
Negotiations are already underway for a new set of “Sustainable Development Goals” for humanity to attain by 2030. Heads of state met to New York to examine potential SDGs in September 2013. What was the outcome? What seems to be in (or out) for the U.N. vision of sustainable development over the next generation? Will it be all-inclusive? Targeted? Affordable or infeasible? On October 16th, a panel will discuss the challenges and potential for formulating a coherent set of new SDGs to guide sustainable development, improve human security and manage our shared planet over the next generation.
The “Managing Our Planet” seminar series is developed jointly by George Mason University, the Environmental Change and Security Program and the Brazil Institute. It is based on the premise that the impacts of humanity on the environment (including natural resources) are at a planetary scale. The seminar addresses planetary scale problems and solutions.