Webinar Series - Accelerating Progress Towards the SDGs in Post-COVID Era
The objective of this Series is to share understanding and insights into how Universities can contribute to the acceleration of progress towards the SDGs.
The webinars in this series will have different Institutions to share their learning and insights of how they are already contributing substantively through one specific programme or project, or how they are influencing and impacting on real-time global thinking through this work.
Certificates of participation will be available after attending 3 or more webinars, or recordings.
Supporting Evidence to Secure the SDGs & Opening Introduction to Series
Tuesday February 23, 2021 – 9:00pm to 10:30pm (HKT)
Using the COVID-19 pandemic as a basis, this webinar will examine the role of Universities, and international collaborations in the provision of an evidence base for COVID-19 prevention measures. Using real world examples from the COVID-19 Hygiene Hub, we will discuss how academics have worked hand in hand with government, private and third sector, civil society and communities to support and inform COVID-19 response, and how this can be used as a foundation to ensure long term gains in health and hygiene to support attainment of the SDGs.
Prof Andrew Goudie, University of Strathclyde (Opening); Dr Tracy Morse, University of Strathclyde (Chair); Robert Dreibelbis, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Kondwani Chidziwisano, University of Malawi; Jenala Chipungu, Centre for Infectious Disease Research Zambia; Dr Sheillah Simiyu, African Population and Health Research Centre
University Partnerships to Advance the SDGs: Local, National, and International Examples
Tuesday March 2, 2021 – 9:00pm to 10:30pm (HKT)
Drawing upon experiences from the University of Waterloo – one of Canada’s leading higher education institutions – speakers will discuss the roles that partnerships play in advancing the SDGs.
Examined are entrepreneurial partnerships (GreenHouse), community partnerships (Reep Green Solutions), national partnerships (Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Canada), and international partnerships. These examples from different scales will inform a broader discussion about SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.
Ian Rowlands, University of Waterloo (Chair); Tania Del Matto, GreenHouse; Paul Parker, University of Wateroo & Reep Green Solutions; Nidhu Jagoda, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Canada.
Our Sustainable Development Journey, and the Future Strategy of Universities
Tuesday March 9, 2021 – 9:00pm to 10:30pm (HKT)
Integrating sustainable development into the university's operations requires systematic and long-term work with leadership and commitment from employees. An important issue is how the faculty and the administration can work together to strengthen the integration of sustainable development into the organization and the mission.
This webinar aims to share experiences of integrating sustainable development in education, research, collaboration and the own environmental impact that arises from business travel, energy consumption, procurement, etc. A discussion is held about the future strategy, opportunities and challenges and the lessons that can be learned.
Kristina Von Oelreich, KTH (Chair); Göran Finnveden, KTH
Delivering Social Impact Through Transformative Community Engagements
Tuesday March 16, 2021 – 9:00pm to 10:30pm (HKT)
This webinar will examine the role and responsibility business schools have in delivering meaningful social impact in meeting the SDGs. With a focus on social justice and inclusion, Armand Bam will explore through presentation and interviews examples of successful community partnerships and student engagements at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Armand Bam, University of Stellenbosch (Chair); Marlene Snell & Amanda Slowe, Tore's Foundation; Junaid Sonday, MBA Student.
Interdependencies of SDGs - Examining Carbon Systems
Tuesday March 23, 2021 – 7:00pm to 8:30pm (HKT)
This webinar aims to showcase some ways in which Peking University is working towards the SDGs, and the importance of interdisciplinarity. Prof Jie Song will Chair, focusing on topics such as aligning climate change mitigation and clean air policies to maximise health co-benefits; and decarbonising energy conversion by using CO2.
Prof Jie Song, Peking University (Chair); Prof Hanchen Dai, Peking University; Dr. Xinrong Zhang, Peking University.