Alcorn Discusses New UN Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Keynote speaker Matthias Klettermayer addressing the audience during the UN lecture series, on February 4, 2016. The event was held in the Medgar Evers Auditorium of the J.D. Boyd Library.



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Exchange student Naveed Khan (center) poses a question to Klettermayer during the lecture.



"Transforming Our World: The Newly Adopted 2030 UN Agenda for Sustainable Development” was the theme of the February 4th installment of the Alcorn State University United Nations Lecture Series. The lecture series is a collaboration of the Global Programs Office with the United Nations (UN), the Higher Education Alliance of the Humpty Dumpty Institute and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund that aims at enhancing students’ global perspective.

Dr. Dovi Alipoe, director, office of Global Programs, welcomed students, faculty and staff in attendance.

“This lecture will present the goals adopted by the UN, enhance the audience’s global perspective, and raise the students’ awareness of study abroad program,” Alipoe said.

Torria Powell, sophomore political science major, introduced the guest speaker for the lecture, Matthias Klettermeyer, sustainable developmental officer of Communication Outreach, a branch of the UN’s Division of Sustainable Development.

In his lecture, Klettermeyer focused on the new agenda adopted by the UN in fall 2015 that will remain in effect until 2030. He discussed the UN’s history of sustainable development and the transition from Millennium Developing Goals to sustainable developing goals. The speaker voiced concerns involving global warming, AIDS and the Ebola virus, and explained UN’s agenda on tackling these issues.

Addressing the students he said, “I try to explain what the UN is doing about the issues in our environment because they affect us all. Sustainable development is achievable if everyone pitches in and spreads the knowledge, especially at universities because this is where we can find future leaders.”

For more information on the Global Program’s UN Lecture Series, contact Dr. Dovi Alipoe at 601-877-6533, or [email protected] .