American leadership in advancing the sustainable development goals
A joint Brookings-UN Foundation event
The sustainable development goals (SDGs) reflect a commitment to equity, justice, and environmental resilience. Across the country, Americans share this commitment as they build a transformative economic recovery out of COVID-19 that addresses the historic legacy of racial inequities and takes ambitious action on climate change.
On Monday, September 20, the Center for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Foundation co-hosted the third annual “American leadership in advancing the sustainable development goals” event on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. This high-level virtual event showcased how American leaders and institutions are using the SDGs to build resilient and inclusive communities across the United States.
This event featured the experiences and innovations of people across America, including work in Orlando, Phoenix, and San Diego, leadership by young people, and a special focus on advancing equity, and demonstrated American leadership, ingenuity, and commitment to a domestic agenda that leaves no one behind and embraces the deep transformations required for long-term sustainability and equity.
Viewers can join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #USAforSDGs.
Panel 1: How the SDGs address inequality and Leave No One Behind
Dr. Helene Gayle
President and CEO - The Chicago Community Trust
Trustee - Brookings Institution
President and CEO - PolicyLink
Vice President of Social Business Innovation - Merck
Ana Marie Argilagos
President and CEO - Hispanics in Philanthropy
The Hon. Buddy Dyer
Mayor - City of Orlando
Amb. Elizabeth Cousens
President and CEO - UN Foundation
Panel 2: Communities in focus—Orlando
Distinguished University Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity - University of Central Florida
Equity Official - City of Orlando
Vice President of Community Strategies and Initiatives - Central Florida Foundation
Nonresident Senior Fellow - Brookings Metro
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