‘Governance’, ‘Education’ and the Architecture of the Sustainable Development Goals

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•05•22    13:00 - 14:30
    New York

    On 22 May 2014, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), in collaboration with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the POST2015 Project, will co-organize the policy forum: ‘Governance’, ‘Education’ and the Architecture of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    This event aims to inform discussions taking place at the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by identifying key questions relating to the architecture and implementation of the SDGs. Three POST2015 / UNU-IAS / Earth System Governance policy briefs will be presented at the policy forum, followed by an interactive discussion with the audience.

    The SDGs will need to go beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in adopting a systemic approach, in achieving broad inclusiveness and applicability to all countries, groups and individuals, and in stimulating innovative and long-term thinking. In particular, the architecture of the SDGs — how to address universality while safeguarding different capacities and capabilities of different countries and groups — will be crucial for the implementation of the SDGs.

    The event will focus on the following topics and key questions:

    SDG architecture: How can the SDGs be designed in a way which is universal but which takes national circumstances into account? This discussion will focus on what kinds of issues should be goals, targets, and indicators, how universality will be addressed, and what kind of governance system would be necessary to maximize progress on the goals and achieve universality. The policy forum will consider opportunities for integrating global goals with an approach that takes national circumstances into account.

    The case of integrated SDGs in education: Education was a key MDG, and it is expected to play a significant role in the SDGs. What would be the shape of an integrated SDG on education? How will education feature in the promotion of other SDGs? Using a case study of education, the panel will consider how integrated goals and targets can play a key role in the SDG process.

    “Governance” as a sustainable development goal or target: Governance will be a crucial factor in determining the impact and effectiveness of the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda. The panel will consider three aspects of governance that need to be considered: good governance (the processes of decision-making), effective governance (the capacity of countries to pursue sustainable development), and equitable governance (distributive outcomes). The panel will discuss the pros and cons of a stand-alone governance goal and of issue-specific goals and targets.

    Opening remarks:

    Kazuhiko Takemoto Director, UNU-IAS


    Pam Chasek, Earth Negotiations Bulletin IISD Reporting Services, Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at Manhattan College


    Norichika Kanie (UNU-IAS) ‘A Multi-layered Approach to the SDGs’

    Yuto Kitamura (University of Tokyo) ‘The SDG on the Nexus between Education and Sustainability’

    Casey Stevens (UNU-IAS) ‘Governance as a Sustainable Development Goal or Target?’


    Laszlo Pinter, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University; Senior Fellow and Associate, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


    The policy forum and the envisioned research outcomes are part of a three-year research project, Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015 (POST2015), funded by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

    Advance registration (by 21 May) is required. Please note, however, that space is limited, and the event may not be able to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend.

    Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page. Participants needing a UN Ground’s Pass can pick one up upon entry at the UN visitor’s entrance on 47th Street and 1st Avenue starting at 12:30 PM.

    Any questions or comments on this event should be sent to Leni Kinzli at the UNU Office in New York (kinzli@unu.edu).

  • United Nations Headquarters New York
    Conference Building, Conference Room A

    For more information contact Leni Kinzli at the UNU Office in New York (kinzli@unu.edu)