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PRESS RELEASE: Sustainable Development Goals Initiative Launches in Baltimore

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Nov. 7, 2015 / Contact: Chris Hart / 410.837.5739 /

USA Sustainable Cities Initiative Launches in Baltimore, with UB Named as Lead University Partner

Part of a Global Effort to Achieve Newly Adopted Sustainable Development Goals

The University of Baltimore, its College of Public Affairs and the Jacob France Institute in its Merrick School of Business will serve as lead university partner to facilitate a process that articulates Baltimore’s strategies and goals in support of sustainable development.

Baltimore has been selected as a model city for the new USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI). This project, led by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Climate Nexus, brings together academic institutions and key stakeholders to support the UN’s newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—a series of global aspirations and priorities designed to take on major sustainable development challenges. Additional details below.

Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and director of SDSN, believes Baltimore can serve as a trailblazer in demonstrating how the SDGs could work for cities in the United States, and the importance of addressing social issues, such as race and class and poverty alleviation, along with economic ones.

“I am thrilled to be working with Baltimore and its citizens to build on past successes, to find new, innovative solutions to persistent development challenges, and to support Baltimore to become a leader in the world of sustainable development,” Sachs said.

Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan is the Director of the graduate programs in Negotiations & Conflict Management and Global Affairs & Human Security in the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore.

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Sustainable Development Summit

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On October 30 and 31, Dr. Ivan Sascha Sheehan hosted world-renowned Columbia University Professor of Economics Jeffrey D. Sachs at the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs. Professor Sachs, the author of three New York Times bestsellers and twice named to Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world, discussed an initiative to promote sustainable ‎development in Baltimore in advance of the United Nation’s adoption of global sustainable development goals in 2015.

Special thanks goes to Mr. Johnny J. Mack (President) and Dr. Maneshka Eliatamby (Senior Vice President) of Communities Without Boundaries International (CWBI) who, along with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), facilitated a series of discussions that involved civil society leaders, academics, students, grassroots activists, and individuals from the private sector.

The summit also involved a meeting with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, as well as discussions with representatives from the Baltimore City Council. Followup meetings with government officials, academics, and community leaders are currently being planned.

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