(2018.01) From Millennium to Sustainable Development Goals

From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals: The Travails of International Development


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When: 17:00 – | Saturday, 27th January 2018
Where: Librería Andenbuch: Andenbuch – Romanische Buchhandlung, Bergmannstr. 59, 10961

The United Nations has set in motion numerous international efforts to place people’s development at the center of the global system in past decades. These began with the declaration of the Development Decade in the 1960s and culminated in the adoption of the Millennium Declaration in the 2000s, when 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were drawn. Fifteen years later, world governments decided to further strengthen this pursuit of development by adopting 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Philani Mthembu, executive director of the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) in Pretoria, South Africa, and co-founder of the Berlin Forum on Global Politics, will discuss ‘From MDGs to Sustainable Development Goals: The Travails of International Development‘, a book that he recently co-edited and published. The book explores the transition from the United Nations’ MDGs to its SDGs, and what these development goals mean for countries in the African continent. Additionally, it discusses these goals in terms as specific as sustainability, gender equality, trade, child mortality, cooperation, and water scarcity.

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics, the Mayibuye Südafrika Community, and the Institute for Global Dialogue are happy to launch the book in Berlin, which offers a powerful blend of thinking from various disciplines and scholars in order to expand our understanding of the world as well as how we might solve its contemporary problems in the African continent and beyond.

No registration for the event is required, but because of limited space, interested parties are encouraged to arrive early. For more information on the book launch, please read here.