2015 UCL Lancet Lecture
The new universal Sustainable Development Goals for 2030: from vision to action
Ms. Amina J. Mohammed
The event will be available to watch via live stream on the evening at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/live/lancet
At the recent United Nations Summit on the post-2015 development agenda, heads of state and government have adopted the new agenda that will orient the global efforts towards poverty eradication and sustainable development in the 21st century.
The new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the result of a worldwide participatory process taking more than two years that has included the voices of civil society, the business community and academia.
The resulting SDGs are universal, encompassing the social and economic transformations that are essential to end poverty and preserve the planet. They are a set of aspirational goals and targets to be adapted and adopted locally accounting for the reality of different countries and circumstances.
Now the challenge of implementation starts. The new agenda is more than a set of global aspirations. Supporting country systems, setting concrete, achievable and realistic targets and aligning country policies with the global SDGs will be the cornerstone of implementation.
The combination of a global set of aspirational SDGs with realistic target setting at the country level will be the path towards achieving the maximum impact possible for the SDGs, including health, by 2030.
Ms. Mohammed was born in 1961, in Nigeria. She has recently been appointed as Nigerian Minister of Environment and was the former Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General.
Ms. Mohammed has more than 30 years’ experience as a development practitioner in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. Prior to her UN role, she served as Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the MDGs, serving three Presidents over a period of six years. She is a recipient of the Nigerian ‘National Honours Award of the Order of the Federal Republic’ and was inducted in the Nigerian Women’s Hall of Fame in 2007.
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The lecture will be followed by a reception.
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