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Subject: You're Invited - The SDG Second Half: Ideas for Doing Things Differently
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The SDG second half: Ideas for doing things differently

Thursday, October 5, 2023, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6 Canada

World leaders just met at the United Nations’ sustainable development goals midpoint summit. Halfway between the SDG’s 2015 launch and the 2030 deadline, the mood was somber. Stark global tensions alongside inadequate SDG progress made for a tough outlook for the next seven years. In the words of Secretary-General António Guterres, “halfway to 2030 #GlobalGoals deadline, the world is woefully off-track. Now is not the time for incrementalism.”


The world has not been doing enough to be on course for SDG success. What can we learn from what has gone well? Where could a burst of effort tackle gaps? Perhaps, most importantly, what needs to be done differently?


On October 5, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKFC) and the Brookings Center for Sustainable Development will host an event in Ottawa to discuss the Brookings compendium of essays: "The SDG Second Half: Ideas for doing things differently," which offer insights and actionable recommendations to address pressing issues in the second half of the SDG era. Participants will discuss opportunities for SDG breakthroughs and leadership—both globally and from a Canadian perspective.


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Margaret Biggs, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings; Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy, Queen’s University
Caren Grown, Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings

Kate Higgins, CEO, Cooperation Canada

Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings

Chris MacLennan, Deputy Minister of International Development, Global Affairs Canada

John W McArthur, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings

Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings

Moderator: Khalil Z. Shariff, CEO, Aga Khan Foundation (AKFC)


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