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2020 17 Rooms global flagship meeting

17 Rooms offers a new way of channeling collaborative energy and ideas into practical steps for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Convened by the Brookings Institution and The Rockefeller Foundation since 2018, each SDG-focused working group meets as a “Room” to identify, in parallel and in concert, opportunities for cooperative action over the subsequent 12-18 months.

Guided by the pursuit of “a next step” rather than “a perfect step,” participants meet in their personal capacities to engage in candid and informal discussions. By identifying openings for progress within an SDG, rather than attempting to cover the waterfront of each entire SDG, Rooms generate a mix of expert-driven insights plus momentum for practical action.

In 2020, the 17 Rooms flagship process went entirely virtual, with more than 200 participants contributing. Most Rooms met a couple of times from June through mid-September. Then, on September 21, a culminating virtual summit brought all the Rooms together to offer feedback on one another’s proposals, to explore opportunities for collaboration, and to report out on priority opportunities in 2021. U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed joined as “keynote listener,” providing feedback on all the Rooms’ lead ideas.

The outcomes of each Room’s independent discussions and recommended action priorities for 2021 are available below.

Download the 17 Rooms 2020 insights report, “Great Transitions: Doubling down on the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Download the 17 Rooms 2020 participant list.

Agenda

Co-chairs

Room 1: Poverty

Moderator

Gargee Ghosh

President, Global Policy and Advocacy - Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Session Materials

Room 2: Zero hunger

Moderator

Ruth Richardson

Executive Director - Global Alliance for the Future of Food

Moderator

Roy Steiner

Senior Vice President for the Food Initiative - The Rockefeller Foundation

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Room 3: Good health and well-being

Moderator

Wendy Taylor

Vice President - Technical Leadership and Innovation, Jhpiego

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Room 4: Quality education

Moderator

Kwame Akyeampong

Professor of International Education and Development - Open University

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Room 5: Gender equality

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Room 6: Clean water and sanitation

Moderator

Jennifer Sara

Global Director - Water Global Practice, World Bank

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Room 7: Affordable and clean energy

Moderator

Ashvin Dayal

Associate VP and Managing Director, Power Initiative - The Rockefeller Foundation

Moderator

Michael E. Webber

Chief Science and Technology Officer - ENGIE

Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources - University of Texas at Austin

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Room 8: Decent work and economic growth

Moderator

Otis Rolley

Senior Vice President, U.S. Equity and Economic Opportunity Initiative - The Rockefeller Foundation

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Room 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

Moderator

CV Madhukar

Managing Director Beneficial Technology - Omidyar Network

Moderator

Kevin O’Neil

Director, Data and Technology - The Rockefeller Foundation

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Room 10: Reduced inequalities

Moderator

Martin Abregu

Vice President for International Programs - Ford Foundation

Moderator

Margaret Biggs

Chair - International Development Research Centre

Former President - CIDA

Session Materials

Room 11: Sustainable cities and communities

Moderator

James Anderson

Director of Government Innovation - Bloomberg Philanthropies

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Room 12: Responsible consumption and production

Moderator

Jessica Long

Former Managing Director, Strategy & Sustainability - Accenture

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Room 13: Climate action

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Room 14: Life below water

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Room 15: Life on land

Moderator

Rosina Bierbaum

Roy F. Westin Chair in Natural Economics and Research Professor - University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy

Professor and Dean Emerita - University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment

Moderator

Tom Lovejoy

Professor - George Mason University

Senior Fellow - United Nations Foundation

Moderator

John Robinson

Joan L. Tweedy Chair in Conservation Strategy - Wildlife Conservation Society

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Room 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Moderator

Amb. Sarah Mendelson

Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy and Head of Heinz College in Washington, DC - Carnegie Mellon University

Former U.S. Ambassador to UN ECOSOC

Former Deputy Assistant Administrator - U.S. Agency for International Development

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Room 17: Partnerships for the goals

Moderator

Angel Cabrera

President - Georgia Institute of Technology

Chair - University Global Compact

Moderator

Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-chancellor - McGill University

Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum

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