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Fukuda-Parr kicks off UN Sustainable Development Goals Series at Manchester

Manchester University will host Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr for “Power and Knowledge in UN Development Agendas: The Sustainable Development Goals.” 

An internationally recognized scholar and expert in international affairs, her recent research focuses on the politics of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by all UN Member States in 2015, which call all countries to action to bring peace and prosperity to people and the planet.

The presentation is 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26 in Cordier Auditorium at the North Manchester campus . It is free and is open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

Sakiko Fukuda-ParrSakiko Fukuda-Parr is a professor of international affairs at The New School for Social Research in New York. From 1995 to 2004, she led the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Reports.

Since then, she has continued to serve on boards, global committees and non-governmental organization (NGO) networks advocating for human rights and inclusive development, including the UN Committee on Development Policy, UN High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines and Innovation, Knowledge Ecology International.
“Focusing on the SDGs’ transformative ambition, this presentation connects the work that underpinned the agenda’s emergence with the continuing challenges of its implementation as a process of norm making and norm evolution,” Fukuda-Parr said.

Her presentation is the first in a series focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The series was developed by an interdisciplinary group of Manchester faculty affiliated with the Peace Studies Institute, and this event sets the stage for other events throughout the year based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

gladdys_muirEstablished in 1948 by Gladdys Muir, the Peace Studies Institute at Manchester was the first undergraduate peace studies program in the world. Manchester was the first college in the United States to hold permanent observer status with the United Nations as an NGO. Andrew Cordier, who graduated from Manchester in 1922, was a key player in drafting the UN founding charter.

The Sept. 26 program is part of Manchester’s Values, Ideas and the Arts (VIA) programming, which exposes students to cultural exposure, artistic experience and intellectual enrichment.

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Organizer of this event is Gabriela Ramalho Tafoya, assistant professor of political science.

More information about Professor Sakiko Fukuda-Parr here

Learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals here

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