UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) invites you to join the 'Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals' event series.

Walking the talk: Getting serious about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with their 17 goals, 169 targets, and 232 indicators, set out the aspiration of a greener, fairer future – our 21st Century moonshot. The SDGs have garnered unprecedented political support and opened new policy space, but the questions remain: How do we get there? What does it take to walk the talk? This thought-provoking series explores the SDGs through IIPP’s distinctive lens.  

Rooted in new economic thinking, IIPP centres the state’s role in driving innovation, creating public value, and pursuing ambitious missions. IIPP sees strong linkages between public value, missions, and the SDGs’ vision for equity and good work, health and education, and environmental protection. IIPP works with policymakers to harness tools ranging from public investment to procurement to push these goals and it leads the UK’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN UK).  
In this series, IIPP brings together world-leading thinkers, policymakers, urban designers and artists to think deeply about the tools that they are using to advance the SDGs and the challenges they face. It invites participants to imagine a broader set of tools and pathways for achieving the SDGs and the 2030 moonshot.

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WalkingTheTalkSDGs.

All events will be held on Zoom. Tickets are free, booking is required. If you are unable to reserve a place you will be able to catch up after the event. Each talk will also be uploaded to our YouTube channel at a later date.


AI for good?

Thursday 28 April | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (BST)

IIPP's Founding Director, Prof Mariana Mazzucato chairs a panel discussion with Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO, Prof Carissa Véliz, Associate Professor in Philosophy at the Institute for Ethics in AI and a Fellow at Hertford College at the University of Oxford, and IIPP Visiting Prof Ian Hogarth, as they discuss how digitalisation and artificial intelligence can empower public value creation and public purpose in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals. Followed by questions from the audience.

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What's tax got to do with it?

Thursday 19 May | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (BST)

Join Dr Kate Roll, Assistant Professor in Innovation, Development and Purpose at IIPP as she chairs a panel discussion on 'What’s tax got to do with it? Business, reporting and the SDGs' with Dr Bernadette O'Hare, Senior lecturer in Global Health at the University of St Andrews, Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi, Chair in Sustainable Finance and Governance at the EUI's School of Transnational Governance, and Dr Waziona Ligomeka, Director of Policy Planning and Research at Malawi Revenue Authority.


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Green Finance

Thursday 9 June | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (BST)

Join Katie Kedward, Policy Fellow at IIPP as she chairs a panel discussion with Samantha Power, Sustainable Finance Specialist, The World Bank, Fathimath Musthaq, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Reed College and Dharshan Wignarajah, Director of Climate Finance, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) on 'The SDGs as an asset class? Getting serious about green finance for development'. Followed by questions from the audience.

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Industrial policy in action

Thursday 23 June | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (BST)

Join Dr Antonio Andreoni, Associate Professor of Industrial Economics and Head of Research at IIPP as he chairs a panel discussion on 'Industrial policy in action: What are routes to sustainable prosperity?' alongside Nobuya Haraguchi, Chief, Research and Industrial Policy Advice Division, UNIDO, Javiera Petersen, Deputy Minister of Economy, Chile and IIPP PhD Candidate and Samantha Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre at the International Trade Union Confederation.

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Buying time

Thursday 7 July | 12:00 – 1:30 pm (BST)

Join Prof Rainer Kattel, IIPP Deputy Director and Professor of Innovation and Public Governance, as he chairs a panel discussion on 'Buying time: How can government shape markets for sustainable societies?' with panel Prof Elvira Uyarra, Professor of Innovation Studies at Alliance Manchester Business School and co-director of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research, Jeff Taylor, Director of Procurement Division at Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Roland Karthaus, Associate Professor University of East London and Director of Matter Architecture.

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Public value of art

Thursday 14 July | 3:30 – 5:00 pm (BST)

Join Prof Mariana Mazzucato, IIPP Founding Director and Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, as she chairs a panel discussion with Frances Morris, Tate Modern Director, Alvaro BarringtonNew York and London based Artist and George The PoetSpoken word artist, podcaster and IIPP PhD Candidate on 'Public value of art: connecting public value, activism and culture'. Followed by questions from the audience.


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