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In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Adopted by 193 member states, the goals represent an important international step in setting humanity on a trajectory towards sustainable development. Within this course, you will get a historical overview of how sustainability has been understood, as well as a thorough introduction to the SDGs – what they are, how progress can be measured, and how the SDGs are relevant for the management of the global systems supporting humanity. The course will examine how various societal actors are responding to and implementing the SDGs. While all of the SDGs are essential to sustainable development, SDG 13, Climate Action, is usually perceived as the most urgent in terms of the need for a swift implementation on a global scale. Therefore, particular focus is given to this SDG. Through the course, you will gain up-to-date knowledge of the current understanding of human impacts on the Earth at the planetary level. Progress towards establishing global management of human interactions with the climate system within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is also discussed. The course is designed and taught by Professor Katherine Richardson, who is a member of the 15-person panel appointed by the UN General Secretary in 2016 to write the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report. In each lecture, Katherine interviews experts who provide insights relevant to the topic at hand....
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3 heures pour terminer

Sustainable Development as a Global Goal

In this first module, you will be introduced to the concept of sustainability, its roots, and history of development. The framework of the SDGs is outlined in more detail, and we will discuss what sets them apart from previous international agreements, how we can measure progress and how the goals are interconnected. We will touch upon food systems, as an example of how the SDGs are relevant for - and can be implemented in - global systems through international cooperation....
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3 vidéos (Total 40 min), 3 lectures, 1 quiz
Video3 vidéos
How do we measure progress?15 min
SDG Interactions – One for All and All for One!13 min
Reading3 lectures
The sustainable development goals45 min
A Guide to SDG Interactions, ICSU, 2017 min
Additional material: The Brundtland Report, 1987 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Week 118 min

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3 heures pour terminer

Managing human impacts on the natural world

In this second module, we will have a more detailed look at the scientific evidence that human activities are influencing the Earth at the planetary level. You will be introduced to the concepts of Anthropocene and Planetary Boundaries. The biosphere (all living organisms or "biodiversity") is arguably just as - or more - important than climate for establishing the environmental conditions we enjoy on Earth, but receives much less attention. This module, therefore, will focus on monitoring and managing human impacts on climate and biodiversity as well as the potential consequences of failing to meet the goals of the SDGs relating to climate and biodiversity....
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3 vidéos (Total 48 min), 2 lectures, 1 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Planetary boundaries and biodiversity18 min
Resilience14 min
Reading2 lectures
Agriculture production as a major driver of the Earth system exceeding planetary boundaries50 min
Resilience and disaster risk reduction: an etymological journey40 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Week 218 min

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Social sustainability and the way forward

Where the last module focused on the impact of humanity's activities on the bio-physical components of the Earth system, this final section first focuses on the condition of humans, themselves, and the SDGs focusing on the improvement of that condition. You will be introduced to the concept of Doughnut Economics, which builds on the Planetary Boundaries framework. Finally, this module examines current status for implementation and provides examples of how different actors are engaging in global efforts to achieve the goals. ...
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3 vidéos (Total 60 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video3 vidéos
Inequality18 min
The way forward23 min
Reading4 lectures
World Food Programme: Hunger and Climate Change30 min
Kate Raworth: Doughnut Economics min
Additional material: Sustainability lecture with Kate Raworth min
Additional material: Income Inequality and Health: A Causal Review min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Week 318 min
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par UUMar 19th 2018

Interactive, up to date, relevant and to the point discussions. The course provides an in-depth analysis into SDGs objectives but also core challenges in implementing them.

par JCJun 18th 2018

Great information on SDGs and how they relate among disciplines, including Economics and political issues and framework. I liked the course and recommend it.

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Katherine Richardson

Professor
Sustainability Science Centre

À propos de University of Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest University in Denmark - founded in 1479, and with over 38,000 students and more than 9,000 employees. The purpose of the University is to conduct research and provide education to the highest academic level. Based in Denmark's capital city it is one of the top research institutions in Europe. ...

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