Lecture 1

lecture title

Introduction to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

delivered by

Ms Mina Hasman, Sustainability Expert at Skidmore Owings and Merrill and CAA Focal Point at the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction


2020 marks the start of a Decade of Action to deliver the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as expressed in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and reflected in several important international agreements. In this lecture, Mina provides an overview of these agreements, and explains the important role for built environment professionals if we are to achieve a more sustainable future for all.

This lecture was first broadcast on 02 July 2020 and was watched by over 200 participants from over 35 countries. The live recording of this lecture is available to watch by clicking here, with the pre-recorded version at the top of this webpage. The event was chaired by Ms Sithabile Mathe from the Commonwealth Association of Architects. Upon conclusion of the lecture, Sitha and Mina were joined in conversation by United Nations Under Secretary General and UN Habitat Executive Director, Maimunah Mohd Sharif.

key concepts

Sustainable Development Goals, Climate Change Agreement, Disaster Risk Reduction

relevant SDGs

All SDG’s

links to further information

UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
UNFCCC The Paris Agreement
UNEP 2019 Emissions Gap Report
UNDRR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

additional resources

Live lecture, first broadcast 02 July 2020, available here.
Download a copy of the presentation here
Download a copy of the speaker notes here