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Achieving Sustainable Development

Consider the impact that UN Sustainable Development Goals could have

Governments of the world have signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN initiative for international development. They are targets for improving the world by 2030, including: health, environment, education, and security. But will they have an impact on the lives of people?

On this course you will critically consider key SDGs including peace, healthcare, sustainable cities, and water and sanitation. You will examine the ways in which development really can be sustainable, its impact on communities, and how it can make a difference to real lives.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – Critically explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework
Week 1 – Understand the challenges to SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” through case studies from Kosovo, Korea, Colombia and Sri Lanka.
Week 2 – Examine why SDG 3 “Good Health and Wellbeing” is critical for achieving sustainable development.
Week 3 – Introducing the challenges to SDG6 “Clean water and sanitation” and SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”.
Week 4 – Understand how the impact of sustainable development can be measured.


Trinity College Dublin
2-4 hours (per week)
Sustainable Development
4 Weeks

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