Online Zoom Debate

Tuesday 17 November, 11:30-13:00 BST

Please register here to attend this free online event.


Event description:

This is a special online event for London Climate Action Week focusing on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals in international context, drawing lessons for London leaders.

The SDGs provide "a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030”. As countries seek to reboot their COVID-19 stricken societies & economies, can the SDGs provide a framework for a Green, Fair & Resilient Recovery and a pathway to achieve Agenda 2030 in the decisive decade ahead?

Jointly organised by GLOBE International and the London Sustainable Development Commission, the event brings together politicians with city leaders, legal scholars and campaigners, to explore the SDGs as a blueprint out of the COVID crisis.

It profiles the experience of the world’s first country to beat COVID, Taiwan, and the capital city, Taipei, which uses the SDGs as a planning framework in a highly participatory democracy. The experience of local government in other parts of the world in embracing the SDGs as a post-COVID recovery framework. Emerging legal scholarship anchoring the SDGs in international law and the experience of national legislatures, such as the Scottish Parliament, in maintaining and advancing high sustainability standards and climate targets in a post-Brexit context are highlighted.

London leaders will reflect on the implications of these experiences and insights for London’s own climate action and COVID-19 recovery plans, in the context of Brexit and current political and governance arrangements.



Huang Shan-Shan, Deputy Mayor, Taipei City Government, Taiwan

Gillian Martin MSP, Convener, Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee, Scottish Parliament

Yunus Arikan, irector of Global Advocacy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and University of Cambridge


Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader, Camden Council and Chair, London Councils (tbc)

Dr Ashok Sinha, Chair, London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) and Chief Executive, London Cycling Campaign


Malini Mehra, Chief Executive, GLOBE International secretariat and Commissioner, London Sustainable Development Commission


Please register here to attend this free online event.

NB. The London Sustainable Development Commission has established an SDG Hub to facilitate organisation and networking among participants during London Climate Action Week (14th-20th November) and beyond. The LSDC is mapping the work currently underway on the SDGs in London from local government, businesses and community groups, in order to inform future partnership building and accelerate action on the Global Goals. The London SDG Hub will look to support this work and explore the future potential development of a SDG London Partnership going forward.