8th Annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit holds August 21 – 25

Posted by Nelson Obine | 15 August 2017 | 2,517 times

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•CESDEV Director, Prof. Olanrewaju Olaniyan

University of Ibadan Centre For Sustainable Development (CESDEV) is set to host the 8th Edition of its annual Ibadan Sustainable Development Summit. This year’s theme is, ‘Challenges and Prospects of Attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within Planetary Boundaries’.

The Summit is aimed at investigating and understanding how Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved within the planetary boundaries. It shall engage key stakeholders in discourse to x-ray development process, bearing in mind the myriad of challenges that developing countries face.

Prof. Olanrewaju Olaniyan Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, in statement to News Express Correspondent said that the Summit is being organised in collaboration with the African Sustainable Development Network (ASUDNET) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Nigeria (NSDSN).

Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is expected to deliver the formal opening address with the chief host, Prof Abel Idowu Olayinka, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan. The statement added that the keynote speakers have all confirmed their attendance. They include Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State; Dr. Abba Ruma, former Minister of The Federal Republic of Nigeria; Dr. Ayodele Odusola, Head, Strategy and Analysis Team of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), New York; Prof. James Tooley, Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom; and Mrs Elizabeth Egharevba, Director, Social Protection, Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, FCT, Abuja.

The summit is fixed for August 21 – 25, 2017 in Ibadan, Oyo State. There are nine planetary boundaries, they come in three main forms, which shall be addressed by the Summit. These are:

1. Boundaries defining a safe global level of depleting non-renewable energy resources, such as coal, oil and gas);

2. Boundaries defining a safe global level of using the living biosphere, including exploitation of ecosystems, protection of biodiversity and consuming renewable resources, such as land use; and

3. Boundaries providing a safe global level of Earth’s capacity to absorb and dissipate human waste flows, including carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and toxic chemicals such as pesticides.

“This Summit will therefore explore the various theoretical and practical ways of understanding current debates in the global sustainability arena and emerging examples of approaches and solutions currently being developed and deployed so that the Sustainable Development Goals can be effectively and efficiently achieved both individually and collectively,” the statement said.

Source: News Express

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