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2015 is a significant year for sustainable development - the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted in March, the Pope’s encyclical on ‘care for our common home’ was released in June, and a new global climate change agreement will be sought in December. Another important achievement came just last month when the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were accepted by the UN, which aim to make the planet more sustainable and prosperous over the next 15 years.

The SDGs are broader in scope than their predecessors – the Millennium Development Goals – with 193 nations having to report on their progress in meeting the 17 goals and 169 targets. There are challenges for the UK in implementing the SDGs, particularly the goals relating to energy, climate change and education.

This PolicyLab will ask: What role must Government, academia and NGOs play to ensure the UK can effectively implement the SDGs? How can science aid effective implementation?


  • Professor Dame Anne Mills FRS (Chair) – Deputy Director & Provost and Professor of Health Economics and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Mr Derek Osborn CB – President, Stakeholder Forum
  • Professor Virginia Murray – Consultant in Global Disaster Risk Reduction, Public Health England
  • Dr Tim Leunig – Chief Scientific Adviser and Chief Analyst, Department For Education
  • Dr Beth Taylor – Director, UK National Commission for UNESCO

Attending this event

Registration on the day will open at 6:30 pm. The discussion will start at 7:15pm and will be followed by light refreshments.