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  • Virtual - 1 Day
    September 20

    Building the City of the Future: Step up Now Through Collaboration and Innovation

    Cities around the globe are set to face increasingly complex challenges in the coming decades. With the number of people in urban areas projected to swell by 2.5 billion over the next 30 years — growing from more than half of the global population to 68% by 2050 — cities will play an important role in ensuring progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.

    With the vast majority of this growth expected in Africa and Asia, these trends will exacerbate existing urban issues, which are already under high pressure from overcrowding, pollution, climate change, diseases, waste, and inadequate housing. Ensuring sustainable and prosperous cities will require innovative, joined-up strategies that work toward smarter cities in which resources are used more effectively and equally.

    This event, hosted by Devex in partnership with KPMG, will explore the various ways cities can incorporate innovative strategies to both manage urban challenges and accelerate progress on the SDGs, while also supporting cities to build back stronger following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    New partnerships and innovative collaborations will be key in supporting the sustainable cities of the future. The event will therefore also take a deeper look at how the United for Smart and Sustainable Cities initiative is already providing support to cities around the globe and how it can be scaled to 10,000 cities with over 50,000 people by 2030.

    This event will include live captioning.

    Time: 10 a.m. ET | 4 p.m. CET

  • Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, Michigan - 1 Day
    September 20

    The Joseph and Sally Handleman Lecture Series Presents Esther Duflo, Nobel Prize-Winning Economist

    Which policies and institutions fuel global prosperity? What are the solutions to the issues facing modern economies and societies around the world, including slowing economic growth, immigration, income inequality, and climate change? Join them Monday, Sept. 20, for a conversation with Nobel Prize-winning economist Esther Duflo, whose research into understanding the economic lives of the poor aims to help design and evaluate social policies to improve citizens’ well-being and protect human dignity.

    Good Economics for Increasingly Uncertain Times
    Monday, Sept. 20, 2021
    Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
    Hill Auditorium
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    Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received her PhD in 1990, and the co-founder and co-director of MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. Duflo has received numerous academic honors and prizes, including the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. In 2011, her book Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty won the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and has been translated into more than 17 languages. As an esteemed expert in her field, Duflo’s most recent book, Good Economics for Hard Times: Better Answers to Our Biggest Problems, highlights solutions to economic issues facing societies around the world. Duflo is also the editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a corresponding fellow of the British Academy.

  • Virtual - 5 Days
    September 20

    Business Fights Poverty: Global Goals Week

    This event is part of Global Goals Week, a shared commitment of partnership between civil society, business, academia and the UN system to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of the Decade of Action to Deliver the Global Goals.

    Global Goals Week will take place virtually this year, focusing on making this a turning point to recover better for people and planet, as COVID-19 threatens to reverse decades of progress. Their coalition of more than 100 partners will mobilize on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly High-level Week to cultivate ideas, identify solutions, and hold leaders accountable.

    To view the full calendar of events, click here.

    Access Insights. Build Relationships. Drive Collaboration on the SDGs.

    They invite you to join us for a week of highly interactive events bringing together voices and insights from across the globe, from business, NGOs, academia and government. Access and share the latest thinking on the role of business in tackling the SDGs. Deepen connections and build new relationships to drive forward collaborative action on the SDGs.

    Each day, they will come together to explore a different theme about business and the SDGs. Don’t miss out on the chance to:

    – Hear how businesses are driving social and environmental innovation internally, with valuable advice on how you can overcome challenges to do the same.
    – Access the latest practical insights and tactics from real-world examples of businesses tackling the SDGs so that you can scale the impact of your own efforts.
    – Tap into current thinking and best-practice lessons on priorities for collaborative action, and identify new connections to take forward your own partnerships.


    Last year, 98% of participants say they learnt something valuable, and 98% said they would recommend the event to a colleague. Secure your place!

    Have a promo code for a free ticket? Click “Enter promo code” in the top left of the form below, enter your code, click “Apply” and then scroll down to click the red “Checkout” button. On the next page, enter your name, email address, title and organisation, and then click “Register”.

    Don’t have a code? Get a code here.

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