The Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement arguably represent the most ambitious covenant ever made by nation states together: to protect people and planet; to advance prosperity; to enable peace; and to promote partnership. Yet under today’s political climate, this covenant faces both prospects and perils. This panel discussion held by the Center for Global Sustainability at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, will attempt to understand what it will take to achieve the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals given the current political reality. The following questions in particular will be considered:
● How can the goals of climate change mitigation, economic growth and social equity be addressed effectively together?
● In the current political climate, what economic and political pathways exist to implement the SDGs and the Paris Agreement?
● How can the United States continue to lead on climate change and the implementation of the Paris Agreement?
● What roles can emerging leaders such as China and India now play in global sustainability?
● What will it take - from countries, to companies to communities - to ensure that nobody is left behind?
Dr. Robert Orr, Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland (moderator)
Dr. Maureen Cropper, Chair, Department of Economics; Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland
Dr. Anil K. Gupta, Michael Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization & Entrepreneurship, Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
Dr. Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Co-Director for the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution
Dr. Sangeetha Madhavan, Associate Professor, Department of African-American Studies; and Associate Director, Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland
Dr. Robert Sprinkle, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy; Co-Director, Sustainability Studies Minor, University of Maryland