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Spotlight An ESDN Interview Series about the SDGs and Sustainable Development

February 2020 marks the launch of the European Sustainable Development Network’s new interview series, Spotlight, in which experts in the fields of sustainable development, the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and the SDGs are interviewed. The series addresses current topics in the debate surrounding sustainable development and the SDGs, such as the “Global Sustainable Development Report 2019”, the role of businesses in achieving the SDGs, the Circular Economy, the 6 transformations, and the role of the local level, to name only a few.

Spotlight interviews will be released every month on the ESDN website and on the ESDN’s YouTube channel. Therefore, we encourage everyone to subscribe to the channel: European Sustainable Development Network, so you do not miss any of Spotlight’s interviews.

March 2020

The second ESDN Spotlight Interview features Finnish scientist Eeva Furman. She was part of a group of fifteen scientists who co-authored the Global Report on Sustainable Development for the UN. This report aimed at bringing together the knowledge about sustainable development from different regions and disciplines. While the situation is serious, the report finds that from a scientific perspective, a sustainability transformation is still possible. Eeva Furman talks about the role of science for sustainable development and policy-making. She also explains, why we need a stronger and more diversified sustainability science. Finally, she argues that the European Union and the Green Deal have the potential to drive forward real change in Europe. The interview was conducted by Prof. André Martinuzzi, Coordinator of the ESDN Office and Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability. If you would like to inform colleagues who may be interested in sustainable development, there is a Teaser video of Eeva’s interview available.

00:00 Main Objectives of the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019
01:36 Four Critical Levers of Change
04:47 Sustainability Science in A Complex World
06:02 A New Generation of Evidence-Based Policy
09:47 Sustainable Development as Imperative for Policy-Making
12:25 Sustainability Science in Horizon Europe

February 2020

Spotlight’s February 2020 interview is with Guillaume Lafortune from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). The interview was conducted by Prof. André Martinuzzi, Coordinator of the ESDN Office and Head of the Institute for Managing Sustainability. In his interview, Guillaume discusses many topics relating to sustainable development, the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs, such as the Science Policy Interface, the role of businesses in implementing the SDGs, the SDSN Sustainable Development Report 2019, sustainability as the EU’s new narrative, the Six Transformations for a sustainable future, and the vision for the next 10 years of the 2030 Agenda. If you would like to inform colleagues who may be interested in sustainable development, there is a Teaser video of Guillaume’s interview available.

00:00 Introduction to SDSN (Sustainable Development Solutions Network)
03:17 Science Policy Interface
05:16
Role of Business
08:28
Sustainable Development Report 2019
11:50
Sustainability as the new Narrative for the EU
15:53
Six Transformations
18:25
Vision for the next 10 years 

 

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