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On 13th November, Director of UNRISD Sarah Cook visited SIID to deliver our Annual Lecture on the topic of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sarah Cook is Director of United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). She was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, and has also worked for the Ford Foundation in China. Her research has focused in particular on China’s social and economic transformations, including work on labour markets and employment, gender, poverty and inequality and social welfare reforms. Most recently, Sarah has been instrumental in the post-2015 consultations, leading on a number of high profile discussions.

With a new ‘universal’ agenda set to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, this lecture  discussed the debates, politics and processes surrounding the post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda. Will it be a new and transformative agenda framework for achieving ambitious goals, a shift in development paradigm, or will it be business as usual?

This lecture was delivered in a personal capacity, and the views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the UN. The slides from Sarah’s presentation are available below, together with a selection of tweets from the event.

This event was run in collaboration with The Exchange, a working committee within the University of Sheffield Student’s Union.