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GfGD Annual Conference 2015

In September the 'Global Goals for 'Sustainable Development' were agreed - an ambitious set of targets, building on the Millennium Development Goals. These 17 goals and associated work plans set out how the world will work to promote poverty eradication, change unsustainable consumption patterns and facilitate sustained and inclusive economic growth, social development and environmental protection over the next 15 years (2015-2030). 

Achieving these goals by 2030 will require effective engagement by the geoscience community. We have a significant responsibility and exciting opportunity to work with other disciplines to promote strong stewardship of the Earth for the benefit of society and with the objective of global development. On Friday 30th October 2015, 100+ students and recent graduates gathered at the Geological Society of London, to consider our role in achieving the Global Goals. 

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Presentations and Further Reading

Opening Remarks and Introduction (Joel Gill, Geology for Global Development)

Session 1: DFID, Science and the Global Goals (for Sustainable Development)
This session looked at the broad role of science within the Global Goals, with a particular focus on how the UK Department for International Development uses the science and research capacity of the UK and internationally to help achieve these goals.

Session 2: Geology and the Sustainable Development Goals (Panel Discussion)
This session discussed how geology can support the achievement of the Global Goals over the next 15 years, the interactions between goals and the cross-cutting skills required (e.g., communication and capacity building). 

Session 3: Geohazards and Disasters: From Sendai to the SDGs (Panel Discussion)
The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was agreed earlier this year, aiming to substantially reduce disaster risk and losses. Reducing exposure and vulnerability to environmental shocks and disasters is also incorporated into the Global Goals. This panel discussion will reflect on both, and discuss the role of geologists in tackling the geohazards that devastates communities.
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Session 4: Interactive Group Work – “How should the SDGs shape…?”
Over the next year we will be developing a strategy for GfGD’s work that seeks to mobilise and equip the broader geology community to help achieve the Global Goals. This session gave delegates the opportunity to start inputting into this. We asked for ideas and perspectives on how the Global Goals should shape the following areas, with some example questions to initiate discussions: 

Session 5: Engaging In Development - Personal Reflections from Early-Career Scientists
This final session of talks included four inspiring, early-career scientists who are supporting international development through NGOs, the public-sector, research and industry. They talked about their experiences, career paths, and key skills/areas of complementary knowledge to develop.
  • Jonathan Stone (Global Resilience Adviser, Tearfund)

Session 6: Student Posters
  • Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere (Case Study: Hazard Maps and Development Challenges) (Charlotte Jackson, University of Cambridge) - View Poster.
  • [Competition Winner] Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (Bethany Vickers, University of Cambridge) - View Poster
  • Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (Michael Sims, University of Southampton) - View Poster.