From Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Transformation or Evolution?

3 February 2016, 5.00 PM - 3 February 2016, 6.30 PM

David Hulme (University of Manchester)

Peel Lecture Theatre (1.1S) School of Geographical Sciences University Road, Bristol.

This lecture explores the processes underpinning the negotiation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and asks whether they can be seen as a transformation from the more limited Millennium Development Goals.  In the context of a dramatically changed global environment – with the rise of China and the BRICs and the relative decline of the US – the lecture analyses the ways in which changes in material capabilities, dominant ideas and powerful institutions explain the SDGs broadening to include the eradication of extreme poverty, reduced inequality, environmental stability and improved governance.  Are the SDGs merely a continuation of the evolving UN ‘Global Goals’ process, or do they demonstrate that the idea of ‘development’ has been fundamentally transformed?

David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies and Executive Director of the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. He is also the President of the Development Studies Association of the UK and Ireland. He has worked, inter alia, on rural development, poverty reduction, microfinance and environmental management for more than 30 years and in South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific. His recent books include: Global Poverty:  Global Governance and Poor People in the Post-2015 Era (2nd Edition, 2015); Governance, Management and Development: Making the State Work (2nd Edition, 2015); and The Millennium Development Goals and Beyond: Global Development after 2015 (2012). 

The lecture will be followed by a reception and is organised by the International Development Research Group and the Townsend Centre for International Poverty Research

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