Development & Social Change Symposium 2023

LDN 104, Loughborough University London and online

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Loughborough University London invites you to join the inaugural Development & Social Change Symposium on September 27, 2023.

Halfway to 2030: Critically Reflecting on the SDGs

The symposium, titled ‘Halfway to 2030: Critically Reflecting on the SDGs,' will bring together NGO leaders, academics, experts, and students to deliberate on issues related to sustainability, social change, and the future of development, timed as it is just after the UN summit on SDGs.

The symposium will take place at the Loughborough University London campus, from 9 am to 2 pm. Note: only the plenary will be streamed live. Register now to participate in the discussions!

Symposium Schedule

  • 9:00: Registration
  • 9:30: Opening statements
  • 10:00: SDG Poetic analysis
  • 10:45: Break
  • 11:00: Plenary ‘Reflecting back, looking forward on the SDGs: Youth, Gender, Migration and Climate in Focus’
  • 12:30 Lunch & Poster exhibition
  • 13:30-14:00: SDG Poetry Slam

Plenary panelists

The plenary session ‘Reflecting back, looking forward on the SDGs: Youth, Gender, Migration and Climate in Focus’ will bring together speakers who will offer diverse perspectives on the topic. The panellists include:

Kristeena Montieth: With a background in youth media and social impact campaigning in Jamaica and a Loughborough University London alumna, Kristeena Monteith has been recognised a global champion for youth development recognised by the United Nations Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth and was appointed as a UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals. She will reflect on the place of youth voices in SDG forums and how these voices can be amplified.

Olga de Biaggio: Olga de Biaggio is a gender specialist with over 15 years of international experience and is currently the Principal Consultant for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at Options Consultancy Services. She will reflect on the current status of the SDGs from a gender perspective.

Charlotte Slente: Charlotte Slente is the Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council, and has previously held multiple senior management posts central to Denmark’s development and humanitarian policy as well as high-level diplomatic posts. She’ll reflect on the SDGs and the growing challenges for refugees and migration.

Colin McQuistan: Colin McQuistan is the Head of Climate and Resilience Team in the Influence, Impact and Innovation directorate at Practical Action. Colin will reflect on the climate negotiations to date as this intersects with the SDGs.

Register for the Development & Social Change Symposium