Annual Gathering

University Global Coalition 2020 Virtual Gathering

Monday, September 21, 2020

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Eastern Time

The Role of Universities in Achieving the SDGs in the New Context: Building Back; Building Bridges

The events of the last six months have raised many questions about the feasibility of achieving the shared set of Global Goals known as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On Monday, September 21, 2020, the University Global Coalition (UGC) will host a virtual gathering to connect university leaders with an interest in utilizing the SDGs to transform their research, teaching, and operations. Sessions will highlight interdisciplinary research and project solutions inspired by the challenges illuminated by COVID-19.

Registration is free and available through Eventbrite.

Event Schedule (all times are Eastern Time (NY)):

9:00 – 9:50 a.m. : Keynote from UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Opening Plenary

9:50 -10:00 a.m.: Break

10:00 -10:45 a.m.: Sessions Block A

10:45 -11:30 a.m.: Sessions Block B

11:30 -11:45 a.m.: Break

11:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Sessions Block C

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.: Closing Plenary

2020 Keynote Speaker: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed

United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mohammed served as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action and efforts to protect the natural environment.

Ms. Mohammed first joined the United Nations in 2012 as Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the responsibility for post-2015 development planning. She led the process that resulted in global agreement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Ms. Mohammed began her career working on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria. She served as an advocate focused on increasing access to education and other social services, before moving into the public sector, where she rose to the position of adviser to three successive Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.

Ms. Mohammed has been conferred several honorary doctorates and has served as an adjunct professor, lecturing on international development. The recipient of various global awards, Ms Mohammed has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels. She is the mother of six children and has two grandchildren.