“The Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainable Development: The Experience of Costa Rica”, a Conversation with Manuel A. González Sanz

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    2017•09•08    18:30 - 19:30

    On 8 September 2017, UNU will host “The Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainable Development: The Experience of Costa Rica”, a conversation with Manuel A. González Sanz, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set ambitious global targets to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Leading the way, the Costa Rican government signed a “national pact” with civil society organisations, citizens, and the business sector to commit to promoting and achieving the SDGs. Yet despite the country’s achievements as a model country in the region with stable economic growth, peace, and political stability, Costa Rica faces many challenges to achieving the SDGs by 2030. Persistent poverty, growing inequality, high unemployment rates, gender discrimination, and prejudices against indigenous people and ethnic minorities are some of the problems which will need to be addressed for the country to move forward. What actions are needed for Costa Rica to follow through on its commitments? And how can Costa Rica ensure that its path to development truly ‘leaves no one behind’?

    Minister González Sanz will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring how Costa Rica can overcome its challenges to sustainable development and the opportunities that are presented for the country through the SDGs, Paris Climate Change Agreement, and Decade of Family Farming.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served, while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 7 September) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Manuel A. González Sanz is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Costa Rica. His prior appointments include Minister of Foreign Trade (2004–2006), Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United Nations in Geneva (2002–2004), and Special Advisor to the Vice President of Costa Rica (1992–1994). In addition to his public service, González Sanz is a partner of Facio and Cañas, one of the most prestigious law firms in Central America. He is the author of numerous articles on financial and legal matters, and has been a professor at the University of Costa Rica School of Law and School of Business. He is fluent in English and Spanish.


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