Registered participants will be able to access the conference and engage in discussion via Zoom. Access to these links will be shared with registered participants on Monday 8th June.

All other interested parties are welcome to follow the plenary sessions via YouTube livestream links posted below.

Plenary I: The Transformative Potential of the SDGs

Tuesday 9 June, 14:00-15:30 UTC+2

The 2030 Agenda aims at nothing less than ‘Transforming Our World’. But to what extent can the 17 SDGs and 169 targets trigger a real transformation towards sustainable development? The opening panel raises this question and takes stock of the past five years of implementing the SDGs.

Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
The Steering Effects of SDGs: Research and Policy Challenges

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Pamela Chasek, Manhattan College, United States
The Vision behind the SDGs and Resulting Challenges

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Frank Biermann

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Pamela Chasek

Manhattan College, USA
Plenary II: The Universal Aspiration of the SDGs

Wednesday 10 June, 14:00-15:30 UTC+2

Chair: Carole-Anne Sénit, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

In contrast to previous development agendas, the SDGs have a universal aspiration and turn all nations into ‘developing’ countries. However, does the current framework allow for global inclusiveness and equity? This plenary addresses this question and discusses existing gaps in equal representation at global level.

Debapriya Bhattacharya, Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh, and Southern Voice
The Second Generation Challenges for SDG Delivery and their Implications for Inclusiveness

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Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, The Netherlands
Gender in the Transition to Sustainable Energy for All

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Sébastian Treyer, Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, France
Linking Environmental Emergency and the Reduction of Inequalities: A Universal Need for Transformation with Specific National Pathways

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Debapriya Bhattacharya

Centre for Policy Dialogue, Bangladesh

Sheila Oparaocha

ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, The Netherlands

Sébastien Treyer

Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), France
Plenary III: Revisiting Multi-Layered Governance for Sustainable Development

Thursday 11 June, 9:00-10:30 UTC+2

Chair: Thomas Hickmann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

To achieve sustainable development, coordinated efforts across governmental levels are needed. The SDGs provide numerous incentives for collaboration. This plenary session looks at key actors at different governmental levels and examines how the SDGs are changing existing institutional landscapes for achieving sustainable development.

Måns Nilsson, Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden
Policy Coherence and the SDGs: Tools for Governing Trade-offs

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Imme Scholz, German Development Institute, Germany
Implementing the 2030 Agenda: On the Road for Socio-ecological Transformation or Remaining in the Niche?

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John Thwaites, Monash University, Australia
Leading the Horses to Water: The SDGs in the Australian Federal System

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Måns Nilsson

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Sweden

Imme Scholz

The German Development Institute (DIE), Germany

John Thwaites

Monash University, Australia
Plenary IV: Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead

Thursday 11 June, 18:00-19:30 UTC+2

Chair: Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

At the time of our Symposium, five years of SDG implementation have passed, and only ten more years are left to achieve this ambitious agenda for sustainable development. The year 2022 – which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the 1972 Stockholm conference and the thirtieth anniversary of the ‘Rio Earth Summit’ – is the next milestone in global diplomacy to accelerate efforts and adjust current programmes. What are the steps now to be taken?

Michelle Scobie, The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
SIDS Perspectives on SDG Implementation: Policy Coherence Promise and Challenges

John Thompson, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Crisis as Opportunity: Using the Global Pandemic to Catalyse a Just and Sustainable Recovery

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Michelle Scobie

The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago

John Thompson

University of Sussex, UK
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