The Washington International Law Journal's Symposium on The Post-2015 Development Agenda: From the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will bring together high-level officials, academics, and experts to discuss to debate the proposed SDGs and explore the prospects for a truly transformative post-2015 development agenda.
In 2000, the United Nations adopted the eight Millennium Development Goals, demonstrating its commitment to eradicate extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, promote gender equality, reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and ensure environmental sustainability by 2015. The UN has made significant progress in these efforts, but the MDGs have been criticized for their lack of attention to key issues. In 2012, the UN set in motion the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals, to build off of the successes and failures of the MDGs. The UN General Assembly will consider these goals and adopt the SDGs in September of 2015. Many issues are being debated including:
• How can governments set measurable goals related to environmental protection and global health?
• What structures must be set in place to ensure government accountability for illicit financial flows and corruption? ; and
• To what extent are human rights and the rule of law linked to human development, and how does one measure whether a country adequately protects and promotes these rights
Confirmed speakers include:
Per Bergling, Legal Advisor on International Law at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and Professor of Law, University of Umea
Joshua Castellino, Professor of Law and Dean, School of Law Middlesex University and member of the Leadership Council of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network where he co-chairs the Thematic Group on Social Inclusion, Gender and Human Rights.
David Gartner, Professor of Law Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law and Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability
Craig Moscetti, Public Health Consultant
Anita Ramasastry, Professor of Law and Director of Sustainable International Development Graduate Program, University of Washington
Marie Sudreau, Sovereign Debt Expert, United Nations Commission on Trade and Development
Allyn Taylor, Consultant in Global Health law and Affiliate Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced international Studies
Sponsored by: the Washington International Law Journal, the Sustainable International Development Law Graduate Program, Office of Global Affairs, UW School of Law and the Gates Public Service Law program.
William H. Gates Hall
12:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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