The Economics and the Social Sciences Library are raising the Global Goals with exhibitions

24 October 2019

Right now, Gothenburg University Library is lifting the United Nation's 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development at two of the libraries. It is the Economics and Social Sciences Library that has chosen to showcase two of the UN's global goals.

Exhibition at the Economics Library

Annika Svantesson, who works as a university librarian, tells a little about the thoughts and choice of goal 13; Climate Action.

"We find it inspiring to resume our exhibition with a sustainability goal that so clearly links to several of the subjects of the School of Business, Economics and Law School, says Annika Svantesson."

We have interviewed Åsa Löfgren, associate Professor of Economics with a special focus on Climate Economics at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg. Åsa talks about her research, as well as how researchers can reach politicians and those in power and what we can do to counteract climate change.

Read the full interview with Åsa Löfgren

Exhibition period: 24 October - 24 December

Where: ECONOMICS LIBRARY, Vasagatan 1

Exhibition at the Social Sciences Library

Emma Pettersson and Daniela Deldén, work as university librarians at the Social Sciences Library, where they highlight Peace and Justice Strong Institutions (Goal 16), and the Objective 16.5 Substantially Reduce Corruption and Bribery.

They interviewed doctoral student Aiysha Varraich, a researcher at the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, focusing on corruption and clientelism. Aiysha examines how religion in politics affects the ability to choose citizens in the context of developing democracies, and argues that relational aspects rooted in religion play a major role in political election results.

Read the full interview with Aiysha Varraich

Exhibition period: 24 October - 24 November


Global goals for sustainable development

At the UN summit in autumn 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 global goals for sustainable development. The countries of the world have committed to work to achieve four amazing things by 2030:

• Abolishing extreme poverty

• To reduce inequalities

• To solve the climate crisis

• To promote peace and justice.

With its 17 goals and 169 sub-goals, Agenda 2030 is the most ambitious agreement on sustainable development that world leaders have ever adopted. The global goals are integrated and indivisible, balancing the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. Everyone is needed!

The global goals unite the countries of the world through a universal agenda and require that all countries - both rich and poor - act both nationally and globally in order to achieve these goals by 2030. It is not the UN that is responsible for the implementation of the goals, but each country. In Sweden, all government ministers have a responsibility for implementation, but the agenda requires that business, academia, civil society and private individuals also become involved.

Read more about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development