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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – Synergies and Tensions

Published on 30 October 2018

Three years into the global commitment to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and ‘leave no one behind’, it’s time to take stock. What progress has been made? What are the synergies or trade-offs between them? Do they still make sense? What will it take to achieve the SDGs, in ways that genuinely deliver inclusive development for all?

A Sussex Development Lecture series launching on 1 November aims to examine these questions and will bring together diverse perspectives, both on the broader SDG framework and on the specific goals.

Renowned Economists, Nicholas Stern and Himanshu, kick off the series with a fascinating lecture about their book ‘How Lives Change: Palanpur, India, and Development Economics’. Looking at the past, present and future of development economics, seen through the experience of Palanpur, a small village India, over seven years. Highlighting why long-term studies are so vital to understand the contexts and issues that the SDGs address.

Alan Winters, Professor of Economics at the University of Sussex, said:

“Sussex Development Lectures aim to bring the very best of development scholars to Sussex. There can be no better way to launch this year’s series than with Professor Lord Nick Stern and Himanshu describing their latest round of research on Palanpur. This seven-decade long study of one village in India has been fundamental to understanding many aspects of development economics.”

The lecture How Lives Change: Palanpur, India and Development Economics is at 5pm on Thursday 1 November and will be streamed live to the IDS Facebook page.

The lecture is co-hosted by the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex Economics Department, School of Global Studies, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU), and the Centre for International Education (CIE).

Sussex Development Lectures 2018/19

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