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"Save the People and the Planet" - Jens Martens & Christine Hackenesch at the FIW [UNat70]

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Bettina Schlüter (FIW) welcomed our audience for the start of the second half of our “United Nations at 70”-lecture series at the Bonner Universitätsforum.

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In his talk Jens Martens, Executive Director of the Global Policy Forum, shared his knowledge and perspectives on the Agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals and targets.

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Jens Martens (GPF) also introduced all 17 SGDs, their challenges and importance.

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Before Christine Hackenesch (DIE) commented on Jens Martens’ talk, moderator Björn Müller-Bohlen used the opportunity to ask Jens Martens’ in how far the world can be satisfied with the plans for the SDGs so far.

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Comment Christine Hackenesch, Researcher and Political Scientist at the German Development Institute (DIE/GDI), added her insights and critically questioned whether the SGDs are generallysufficient.

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After both contributions, Björn Müller-Bohlen (FIW) opened the discussion for the audience.

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Our international audience raised further questions, for instance, in how far the SDGs can be successful while the MDGs are not completely fulfilled yet.

On September 7th, 2015, we welcomed Jens Martens from the Global Policy Forum (GPF) and Christine Hackenesch from the German Development Institute (DIE/GDI) at the Bonner Universitätsforum for the second half of our lecture series "The United Nations at 70: 'Fit for the Future we want?'". About 150 local and international guests, including a course from the Clara-Schumann-Gymnasium, joined us to discuss the new agenda for sustainable development.

Three weeks before the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 Jens Martens shared his views and insights in the Post-2015-Agenda and its Sustainble Development Goals (SDG). 

He introduced the SDGs as a part of the Agenda 2030, which also includes other dimension such as global partnerships as well as tools for monitoring and review. "SDGs aren’t about catching up, but about a universal agenda for sustainable development", said Jens Martens, explaining how the SDGs differ from the Millenuium Development Goals. He also stated that the SDGs are not homogenous but a compromise between north and south, a minimum set of goals and targets. Shaped by civil society groups all over the planet, the SDG are not Top-Down-Decisions.

Dr. Christine Hackenesch gave a comment in which she highlighted the reluctance of high-income states. She questioned whether "the SDGs are enough in order to address to global challenges"?

The panel discussed problems defining universal SDGs which resulted from the diverse interests of the countries involved.

  • Like to know more about the event? Here is our Storify.

The lecture series is co-organised by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (fiw) and the Liaison Office International Academic Sciences of the UN City of Bonn.


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