Sustainable development goals?

At 19:00 CET on Wednesday the 7th October, Depot hosted a discussion on the realistic feasibility and reliability of national and international goals for equal and sustainable development. Sustainable development goals? took place in Depot’s premises at 3 Breitegasse in Vienna.

This discussion took place in English and a full length audio recording of the debate can already be found at the bottom of this page, with edited video highlights accessible here.

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About the debate:

At the start of the new millenium, representatives of the UN, the OECD, the World Bank and the IMF came together to formulate the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals.

These eight goals looked to build a road map for the realisation of the areas emphasised in the UN’s Millennium Declaration of September 2000 – which was adopted unanimously (albeit without a vote) by all of the world leaders present – and the subsequent programme set its sights on eradicating poverty, improving equality and promoting sustainability.

Fifteen years on, the Millenium Development Goals programme has come to an end, with the UN declaring it a massive success. However, the programme has also come in for considerable criticism. While everyone accepts that there has been much improvement in the areas focused on within the programme, many also point out that a great number of the targets were fundamentally immeasurable, suggest that there were major flaws in the quantitative progress indicators the programme adopted and posit that the UN’s assessment of its success ignores external factors which contributed greatly to the extent of the improvements.

What then did the Millennium Development Goals programme actually achieve and how does Sustainable Development Goals promise to pick up where it left off? Can we trust the new programme’s lofty ambitions and the United Nations’ ability to convince nation states to implement its goals? And, how sincere are the signatory nation states’ commitments to taking these objectives seriously?

Speakers:

Daniel Bacher – Project Officer and Legal Advisor, Dreikönigsaktion – Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar [the development co-operation agency of the Catholic Children’s Movement in Austria]

Petra Dannecker – Head of the Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna

Tally Einav – Executive Officer, UNIDO [United Nations Industrial Development Organisation]

Sandra Monterroso – Artist, Guatemala / Vienna

Moderation:

Ursula Baatz – Philosopher, Journalist and Author

Part of the Crisis of Trust debate series, supported by the Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Open Society Foundation’s Open Society Initiative for Europe.

 

Sustainable development goals?

Am Mittwoch 7. Oktober 2015 um 19:00 gab es eine von Depot gestaltener Diskussion über die Vertrauenswürdigkeit der UNs nachhaltigen Entwicklungszielen. Sustainable development goals? fand in der Breite Gasse 3 in Wien statt. Diese Diskussion trug sich in englischer Sprache zu. Eine Audio Aufnahme der Debatte in ihrer völlen Länge befindet sich ganz unten auf der Seite und sie können sich auch hier die Video Highlights anschauen.

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Über die Debatte:

Für 2015 wurde ein Meilenstein in der Internationalen Entwicklung versprochen: Mit den Millennium Development Goals, von allen Staatschef_innen der UN unterzeichnet, sollten Hunger und Armut weltweit halbiert werden. Wurden die Ziele erreicht? Was verspricht das Nachfolgeprogramm Sustainable Development Goals? Wie können wir Versprechen der Vereinten Nationen, Versprechen von Nationalstaaten vertrauen?

Redner:

Daniel Bacher – Projektreferent, Dreikönigsaktion – Hilfswerk der Katholischen Jungschar

Petra Dannecker – Leiterin des Instituts für Internationale Entwicklung an der Uni Wien

Tally Einav – Executive Officer, UNIDO [United Nations Industrial Development Organisation]

Sandra Monterroso – Künstlerin, Guatemala / Wien

Moderation:

Ursula Baatz – Philosophin, Journalistin und Authorin

Part of the Crisis of Trust debate series, supported by the Open Society Institute in cooperation with the Open Society Foundation’s Open Society Initiative for Europe.

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