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Global academics, NGOs and think tanks meet at the University of Sheffield to agree 100 priority international development goals for the 21st century

  •  Unprecedented meeting will define how the UN’s new universal framework for development can be met

The University of Sheffield will lead representatives from across the world in a workshop aimed at establishing priorities for policy and research in international development on July 1-2, 2014.

The event is part of a project, ID100, bringing together key academics, think tanks, NGOs, international bodies and the general public to address the world’s biggest environmental, political and socioeconomic problems. The project is being led by researchers from the University’s Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID).

Professor Jean Grugel, Director of the SIID and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, said: “The 21st century will be one of unparalleled change – and navigating the implications of that change will be a huge challenge.

The purpose of ID100 is to establish some form of global consensus on priorities for international development. The information age puts us at a fork in the road in our comprehension of global challenges and their implications. We need to be sure that we take the right fork in our decision making as well to ensure a fairer and more sustainable world.”

In February the University began a global consultation process inviting individuals and organisations to submit what they believe are the critical questions on global development. The objective of the July conference will be to draw up a list of the 100 priority issues for international development. In doing so, organisers believe that more can be achieved.

Since its launch, ID100 has generated debate in academic and organisational circles nationally and internationally, with several hundred questions submitted to the consultation process from all over the globe. ID100 has encouraged questions that get to the heart of the major issues facing the world, including inequality, environmental sustainability, conflict and fragility, population growth and social justice.

At the two-day workshop, forty experts from around the world will shortlist the submitted questions down to a final 100 through a strategic debate and voting process. Attendees will include representatives from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Amnesty International, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the International Land Coalition (ILC), the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition (NYCC) and others.

The final list of questions will define how the United Nations’ new ‘universal framework’ for development can be met and will help set the priorities for the wider global research agenda over the next decade.

The full list of questions will be published shortly after the workshop as an open-access article and policy brief.

For more information about ID100 visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/id100

Additional information

The University of Sheffield

With almost 25,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline and Siemens, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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