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31 October 2023
Palais des Nations
Europe/Zurich timezone

Without a radical transformation of our economic systems, we will not be able to honour the commitments and promise of the Sustainable Development Goals for a sustainable future that is equitable and leaves no one behind. 

Building on previous discussions, which emphasized placing future generations at the heart of sustainable development and redesigning systems around values (including financial systems), the SDG Lab is pleased to invite you to an open exchange on rethinking economic systems for long-term sustainable development.  

Hosted by the SDG Lab, this second So What’s Next will explore how concepts such as going beyond GDP can refocus our economic systems to work for – rather than against – people and planet. The So What’s Next Series is a flagship initiative of the SDG Lab to surface new lenses to sustainable development, bringing marginal concepts to the centre of mainstream sustainability discourse and actions. 

Join this interactive exchange designed with the following values in mind:  

  • Inclusivity, Diversity and Care
  • Intergenerational Equity
  • Collective Intelligence 

Open format: We encourage active participation and have set aside 2,5 hours for this conversation to allow space for collective reflection with time to pause, reflect and breathe. We would be thrilled for you to join for the entirety; however, we appreciate your time and invite you to stay for as long as you can. 

Objective: The outcomes of this discussion will serve as input to the ongoing work of the SDG Lab and partners to promote systems change for long-term sustainability, with an emphasis on how to redesign systems to ensure intergenerational equity. This includes future “So What’s Next” conversations; the SDG Lab’s new sustainability manifesto; and the development of tools for intergenerational equity. In addition, this conversation will serve to inform the Lab’s efforts to gather Geneva insights ahead of the Summit of the Future in September 2024.  

Please register your interest to participate in this event by 30 October at the latest. We encourage people to sign up from various disciplines, sectors, perspectives and generations with an interest in contributing to this discussion. We will accommodate participation in-person as capacity allows and will also offer the opportunity for virtual participation. 

Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
E/1-22 - E-1-22 - Room XXII