Sustainable development became a mainstream global agenda with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed on by national governments and the international community. The agenda to follow 2015 to 2030 strives for a more sustainable, inclusive world.

This talk captures the innovations in the concepts and themes of the SDGs compared to previous global agendas. Five years into the signing of the SDGs, the talk will critically analyze what processes have been put in place at the global and national levels and the key challenges to realizing these goals. A particular highlight will be placed on the conceptualized contributions around education's role in achieving all sustainable development outcomes and where we find ourselves today.

Dr. Priya Joshi, MPA *05, is a Senior Analyst with the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report team, the independent global monitoring mechanism for measuring global education progress under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda, based in UNESCO. In the GEM Report team, her principal areas of focus include interrogating the role of non-state actors in education and broadening the discussion around education’s role in achieving sustainable development.

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