Symposium: Pathways to Global Goals

Are you curious to learn more about the 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals for a better and more sustainable future? Set by the United Nations with governments and citizens from around the world. During the 'Pathways to the Global Goals' symposium 150 students from Utrecht University will present their original and carefully constructed pathways towards achieving these goals and engage in lively dialogue. Come and hear what they have to say and join the discussion!

The symposium

The symposium will have an open market place format. Everyone can vote on what they think is the best pathway. These will be presented at the end. Afterwards there will be time for lunch, and the option to play games focussing on sustainability. Courtesy of a joint project by students from the Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) and Utrecht University. The event will end with early ‘vrijmibo’ beers!

National goals

Utrecht has been recognized as the most active city in the Netherlands in terms of its contributions to the Global Goals. At the same time, a new Utrecht University Bachelor’s programme: Global Sustainability Science, has started educating students on how to tackle sustainability challenges at all levels. Therefore Utrecht University and the City of Utrecht, together with the Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator for the Netherlands: Hugo von Meijenfeldt (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), have organised this symposium.

Global goals

Ultimately the aim is to bring together students with leading sustainability academics, city and national level policy makers, businesses and other practitioners working on or interested in the Global Goals. To connect sustainability education to policy and action and local sustainable development initiatives to global-level action. Key insights from the symposium will be presented in New York to those in the United Nations working on the Sustainable Development Goals globally.

More information

The event is free, but space is limited. So if you wish to attend, please register as soon as possible! (register here) If you have any questions please contact Charlotte Ballard: