The Agenda 2030 – Dealing with Grand Challenges for Mankind

Lecture Series

Ort / Datum
Bonn, 20.10.2016 bis 26.01.2017


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

In September 2015, countries agreed on a new sustainable development agenda in order to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by the year 2030. In the lecture series, experts from a variety of academic disciplines will analyze the most important grand challenges involved in this ambitious agenda. They will explore trends with regard to social protection, greenhouse-gas emissions, land scarcity, inequality, IT-driven automation and employment as well as poverty and discuss what it takes to achieve sustainable development for all. The lecture series is organized by the Coordination Unit "Sustainable Development in International Cooperation" of the University of Bonn and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

The Coordination Unit originated from a project funded by the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MIWF NRW). The goals of the Coordination Unit are to foster networks and synergies with stakeholders from Bonn and North Rhine-Westphalia in the field of sustainable development, to promote the topic of sustainable development in teaching and research at the University of Bonn, to pool and strengthen activities in the field of sustainable development at the University of Bonn and to support and coordinate cooperation with universities and research institutions in developing and emerging countries.

The following topics will be covered by the lecture series:

20 October 2016
The Agenda 2030 – Driver of Change Towards Global Sustainability?

3 November 2016
Social Protection: How Can We Protect the Vulnerable, Promote Productive Integration and Enhance Social Cohesion?

17 November 2016
Water – Land – Food: The Making and Unmaking of Scarcities

1 December 2016
Radical Decarbonization: What it Takes to Get to a Carbon-Free Economy

15 December 2016
Inequality: Strategies for Inclusion in a Polarizing World

12 January 2017
Machines Replacing People? Does the 'Internet of Things' Lead to Exclusive Societies?

26 January 2017
Global Poverty: Recent Trends and Prospects for the Future – Will We Achieve to Eradicate Extreme Poverty by 2030?


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Datum / Uhrzeit

20.10.2016 bis 26.01.2017 / 19:00 - 21:00


University of Bonn
Main Building
Lecture Hall VII


The attendance of the lectures is only possible after registration. A binding registration for the lectures can be made via online form.


The detailed program of the lecture series “The Agenda 2030 - Dealing with Grand Challenges for Mankind“ is available here.