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Seminar: Governance, Technology and Skills Transfer

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An Entrepreneurial Approach to Meeting Post 2015 Global Development Goals in Education Health and Innovation

The current increase in poverty, hunger, civil unrest, migration and social cohesion are major challenges to the UN development goals to implement and realise the proposed agenda to 2030. But can individuals help solve these problems? 

This seminar coinciding with the opening of the UNGA Summit for “the Adoption of the Post 2015 Development Agenda” uses experiences from key stakeholders and innovators to propose a model for sustainable, scalable development based on a multilevel partnership of governmental ‘top down’ and grassroots ‘bottom up’ approach of local communities. 

Issues of governance, commissioning, technology - and more importantly - skills transfer will be connected in ways that develop a value chain which drives the sustainability, growth and ultimate success of the of this proposed plan.

Practical Information:

Date: 25th of September 2015

Time: 09:00-12:00

Venue: UK Trade & Investment at the British Consulate 845 Third Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10022 


Contact person: Mr Ian Jones, Prof. Farida Fortune




8:30am –  9:00am

Arrivals and registration



Mr Ben Brierly, Vice Consul, British Consulate General, New York.



-          Mr. Ian Jones, CEO Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, UK
“An entrepreneurial Approach to Meeting Post 2015 Global Development Goals”

-          Prof. Farida Fortune CBE, Queen Mary University of London, UK
“From Governance to Grass Roots to Governance – Meeting Post 2015 Development Goals”

-          Prof. Julio Rezende, Univeridade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Netal, Brazil
“Strategies of resilience in semiarid: The Brazilian Northeast case”

-          William R. Jacobs, Jr., PhD, Professor Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Genetics Albert Einstein College of Medicine

10:45am – 11:00

Coffee break


Presentations continued:

-          Prof. Emma Porio, Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
"Climate Change and Flooding in Asian Coastal Megacities: A Multi-Sectoral Systems Dynamic Approach"

-          Prof Suzanne Young
"Increasing Sustainable Local Government Services"

11:30am – 11:50am

Discussion including contributions from the audience


11:50am - noon

Conclusions and Closure