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Dr Tahl Kestin addresses Hiroshima University Symposium on SDGs

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MSDI’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Manager, Dr Tahl Kestin, delivered a keynote address at ‘The 2nd Hiroshima University Symposium on SDGs’ in Japan on December 1.

SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific manages the regional day-to-day activities of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network and is hosted by the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University.

The focus of the symposium was ‘The Nexus between Global Goals and Research Enhancement through University Reforms’ and brought together leaders in their respective fields from universities and institutions from around the globe.

The key agenda was to discuss university reforms, enhancement of research and the development of a new type of collaborative environment centred around the university, with a collective pursuit of achieving the SDGs.

Dr Kestin’s keynote address – ‘Achieving the SDGs - The role of universities and research –highlighted the key role universities can play in providing the knowledge, innovations and solutions for implementing the SDGs and for creating current and future implementers.

She also used the session to discuss the Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities guide – a joint initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability to help universities accelerate their contributions to the SDGs.

Dr Kestin was also part of a panel discussion on ‘The Nexus between Global Goals and Research Enhancement through University Reforms’ alongside Derrick M. Anderson, Advisor to the President for Innovation at Arizona State University, Mariko Nishizawa, Project Coordinator, Peace Promotion Project Team, Hiroshima Prefectural, and Shinichi Kobayashi, Director, Research Institute for Higher Education, Hiroshima University.

SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific fosters global SDSN activities within the region by bringing together regional SDSN members to develop and promote solutions, policies and public education for sustainable development.