Origin Story for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Origin Story for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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What led to the origin of sustainable development goals or SDGs? Does the launch of SDGs mean the MDGs failed? In this episode we examine the birth of SDGs. We also draw a comparison between the SDGs and the MDGs.

Course Description

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) stumbling to their finish line, the UN needed a brand-new action plan to replace them. Witness the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals and how they were going to respond to the criticism of the MDGs. We will also explore the looming question, are the Sustainable Development Goals going to be successful?  

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the UN prepared for the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals between 2012 and 2015.  

  • How did the UN address the shortcomings of the Millennium Development Goals with the Sustainable Development Goals? 

  • What are the potential gaps in the Sustainable Development Goals and how can the UN address them? 


Faculty SLX

Technology and globalisation are creating rapid and complex transformations. Our vision is to help societies adapt to this fast change, and to do it sustainably. We believe that education is the key to improving the state of the world and responsible use of technology is the lever we can use to bring education to not just students, but everyone, everywhere. Based in Switzerland, we are well positioned to access a large network of partners and collaborators from academia, industry and government. Although we are headquartered in Switzerland, our mission is global: We seek to do our part in changing the way the world thinks of education, as not just a tool, but a way of enriching lives.
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