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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Global Goals in an Uncertain World

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Session Description

In 2015 the member nations of the UN arrived at an unprecedented agreement on 17 Sustainable Development Goals – an ambitious vision for transforming the world. While it was always clear no one sector alone could realize the SDGs, geopolitical changes over the last two years have made cross-sector collaboration even more central to the vision encapsulated in the goals. How can the UN work in concert with other institutions and sectors to achieve the global goals? We will discuss promising developments and share lessons learned from across sectors and geographies.

When | Where

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Wednesday, April 5 Pyramid Room


Panel Discussion

Session leaders

  • Darren Walker Speaker
    President, Ford Foundation
    Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy, and for two decades has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and chairs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. Prior to joining Ford, he was Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation where he managed the rebuild New Orleans initiative after Hurricane Katrina. In the 1990s, as COO of Harlem’s largest community development organization, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Darren oversaw a comprehensive revitalization program of central Harlem, including over 1,000 new units of housing. He had a decade long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS. He is a member of the Commission on the Future of Riker’s Island and serves on the boards of Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet, the High Line, the Arcus Foundation and PepsiCo. Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” the highest honor given by his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, TIME magazine named him to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the recipient of ten honorary degrees and university awards.
  • Lauren Fletcher Speaker
    CEO, Biocarbon Engineering
    Lauren Fletcher is the Founder and CEO of BioCarbon Engineering which has the objective to plant 1 billion trees a year with drones. He holds a PhD in Physics (Oxford) and M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering (Stanford). He has 20+ years of experience as an Engineer and Scientist for NASA and Lockheed Martin across Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Mars exploration programs. He also has extensive entrepreneurial experience as founder of two previous companies and as a member of the founding faculty of Singularity University. His expertise includes project management; environmental engineering, bio-technology and biological sciences; space and systems engineering; planetary science; and social impact and entrepreneurship. He is driven by a genuine concern about the state of our world: degrading climate, loss of natural environments, significant biodiversity losses, and a increasing potential for human suffering driven by a rapidly changing climate. He believes that emerging and exponential technologies, when appropriately applied, can solve global scale problems in ways that we have never been able to do before.
  • Susan Myers Moderator
    Senior Vice President, United Nations Foundation
    Susan Myers is the UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President for UN relations. Ms. Myers has served as Executive Director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation since 2000. As a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, she provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the organization. Previously, she served as Legislative Director of the Better World Campaign, a bi-partisan, non-profit national education and outreach effort dedicated to enhancing the awareness of and appreciation for the vital role the United Nations plays around the world. In this position, she led successful campaigns for the payment of over $1 billion in U.S. arrears to the UN and for the re-entry of the U.S. to UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) after an 18-year absence from the organization.
  • Vivek Maru Speaker
    Chief Executive Officer, Namati
    Vivek founded Namati in 2011 to grow the movement for legal empowerment around the world. Namati and its partners have built cadres of grassroots legal advocates – also known as “community paralegals”– in ten countries. The advocates have worked with over 40,000 people to protect community lands, enforce environmental law, and secure basic rights to healthcare and citizenship. Namati convenes the Global Legal Empowerment Network, more than 800 groups from 150 countries who are learning from one another and collaborating on common challenges. This community successfully advocated for inclusion of access to justice in the new global development framework, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. From 2003 to 2007, Vivek co-founded and co-directed the Sierra Leonean organization Timap for Justice, which has been recognized by the International Crisis Group, Transparency International, and President Jimmy Carter as a pioneering model for delivering justice services in the context of a weak state and a plural legal system. From 2008 to 2011, he served as senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World Bank. His work focused on rule of law reform and governance, primarily in West Africa and South Asia. Vivek was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2014 and a "legal rebel" by the American Bar Association in 2015. In 2016, Vivek, Namati, and the Global Legal Empowerment Network received the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.