GI Forum 2021: the GeoDem initiative was presented at the GI Forum and ISDE conference in July 2021 as part of two panel sessions on the theme: “ Digital Geographies Ahead!” Find out more
EUROGEO 2021: Due to the Covid pandemic the 2020 Annual meeting and conference was postponed to 2021.
The 2021 meeting was held online and hosted by UNED in Madrid with the theme “Sustainable Development for all..
In 2015, the United Nations approved the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which brought continuity and concern to the process initiated at the Rio Summit (1992) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) agreed in 2000. Sustainable Development Goals are global goals, established for a period of 15 years (2015-2030). The SDGs cover all possible social, economic and natural aspects, both in a global and local space. Most of them are related to Geography.
The SDGs seek to promote a multidimensional model of development that is capable of guaranteeing sustainability. It is a complex process of political and economic discussion and environmental concern with different views, which must be addressed from all areas of society. The final UN document has 169 partial objectives or goals and 230 indicators that allow to assess the achievement of the SDGs and to compare regions and countries. The ecological and social impacts that each country causes on others is also possible to determine.
The goals are also known as the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Their aim is to advance towards a clearly unsustainable world, based on scientific evidence. To achieve them, it will be necessary to collaborate with all citizens (civil society, doctors, teachers …) and for it to be actively promoted by governments. The first priority identified is zero hunger, to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, with a conciliatory and cooperative attitude.
The 2021 conference took place on the basis that geographical research and education has the potential to respond to these challenges. We believe that geographical knowledge and geographical perspectives plays an increasingly important role in a society where the study of place, space and process can help us understand and solve the real-world sustainability challenges.
A book publication from the conference is in preparation.