SDG-three letters that stand for the hope of transforming our world for the better: written in a process involving civil society and adopted by the United Nations the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) finally came into force on 1 January 2016. Since we do not have a planet B (at least not yet), global sustainability has got to be our plan A. This is the task of our generation.
In the summer semester, some of the of the aspirational goals were already examined. Now we continue with more, including ending hunger and poverty, protection of the oceans, achieving quality education and ensuring health. But although this agenda 2030 is supposed to apply universally to all countries it is not legally binding. Is this agenda self-consistent? Do the goals have a positive effect on political as well as personal decision-makings? And why is Germany a developing country regarding the SDGs?
Together we want to find out what this means on a global and local scale and in our minds. That is why the lecture series will, in addition to „classical“ talks, include a variety of formats like a science café, open discussions and much more. So there will be plenty of room for questioning world views and self-reflection.
To participate, no prior knowledge is needed!

The United Nations University (UNU-FLORES Dresden) is involved as a partner. The lectures will be held in english.

  • Start: 19.10.2017
  • Thursdays, 7. DS (18:30 – 20:00)
  • HSZ 304/Z
  • Contact Persons: Janna Rückert, Henrike Charlet
  • held in English
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The United Nations University (UNU-FLORES Dresden) is involved as a partner. The lectures will be held in english.

This plan can be seen as temporary. Please check from time to time to not miss any re-scheduling and changes.
09.10 – 27.10. Exhibition: “The Story of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals”  In co-operation with United Nations University, HSZ-foyer

Opening of the Environmental Lecture Series and Introduction to the SDGs, Their Historical Development and Meaningfulness to the Member States of the United Nations

Dr. Tamara Avellán  (UNU-FLORES)
24.10. Tuesday, 12:00-16:00 UN Day:  Open House
26.10. SDG 1 – No Poverty  Workshop
02.11. How to achieve the SDG 7 targets, ensuring sustainable energy for all? DESERTEC, microgrids and new business models. Caspar Bayer     (Desertec Foundation)
09.11. SDG 3 – Health: Antimicrobial Resistance  Prof. Thorsten Mascher (Research Group General Microbiology, TU Dresden)
16.11. SDG 14 – Life Below Water Frank Schweikert (Deutsche Meeresstiftung)
23.11. Science-Café: “Achieving the SDGs together – A scientific perspective” PhDs of the TUD-United Nations University
30.11.  Focus On Youth! The 2030 Agenda As The Millenials’ Big Momentum for Change Jasmin Burgermeister (Official UN Youth Delegate for Germany on Sustainable Development 2015-2017)
07.12. SDG 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure  Paul Stadlhofer and Manja Unger
14.12. Critical Monitoring of the SDGs in Germany Claudia Schwegmann (2030 Watch, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany)
 Happy Holidays!
04.01.  SDG 4 – Quality Education Sebastian Schellhammer     (Centre for Continuing Education, TU Dresden)


Global exploitation, environmental destruction and socio-ecological distribution-conflicts. The SDG 16 goals in the contemporary capitalist world-system. Dr. Tino Heim (Selbständiger Sozialwissenschaftler und Publizist / Self-employed sociologist and publicist)
18.01.  SDG 2 – Zero Hunger Parvathy Chandrasekhar   (UNU-Flores)
25.01. Closure
01.02. Exam

We are very happy to have the United Nations University as a partner for special events. Thank you very much UNU-FLORES for your involvement!