A conversation on Sustainable Development Goals

Monica Sumbi

Apr 5, 2022

SDG Action and Awareness Week was held at CMU-Africa from February 28-March 4, 2022.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are 17 global objectives to create a more equitable and viable planet by 2030. These goals came together following input from millions of people around the world, with younger generations especially engaged. They were adopted by the global community at the United Nations in 2015

As part of the week's events, CMU-Africa Executive Director Gbemi Disu hosted the UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Foye Ndiaye for a dialogue session on SDGs. The event was attended by CMU-Africa students, staff, and faculty, SDG hub members from the Africa Leadership University, University of Rwanda, and Denis Goldberg scholars from Heriot-Watt University.

SDGs are universal and integrated, leaving no one behind. We do not just have one another; we have one earth.

Dr. Foye Ndiaye

Ndiaye stressed the importance of using STEM for modeling creative solutions and innovation for Africa. Student participants were encouraged to lean towards project initiatives that would further drive the attainment of the SDGs for the benefit of Africa and the world.

Carnegie Mellon University is committed to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the Sustainability Initiative at CMUAt CMU-Africa, the SDGs set out clear objectives for researchers working in the African context. They are focused on positive societal outcomes that apply to Africa and the global community. The SDGs set a mindset for researchers to think beyond specific technical questions and consider the potential of their work in society.

Group photo at event

CMU-Africa students with UN Resident Coordinator Foye Ndiaye and CMU-Africa Executive Director Gbemi Disu.