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The New York Society for Ethical Culture, in conjunction with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Religions for Peace, will convene Ethics in Action NYC in order to help build a shared vision of the common good for NYC and to help guide problem solving in NYC and in the US. Ethics in Action NYC will convene a sequence of nine meetings over the course of the next year. Each meeting will include an evening public event at the Society for Ethical Culture.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Police-community relations in NYC
Dates: December 6 to December 27, 2016
Location: United Nations Visitors Center Lobby
Description: A photo exhibition on four Millennium Villages Project (MVP) sites in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, and Senegal is on display at the United Nations’ Visitors Centre Lobby. Led by Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, the MVP contributed to eliminating extreme poverty in 10 sub-Saharan African countries over ten years using an integrated approach to rural development. The exhibition is organized by the Earth Institute at Columbia University and VII Agency and sponsored by The Blue Chip Foundation. More information is available here: http://unexhibitsny.org/now-on-view

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Police-community relations in NYC
Date: Wednesday, Jan 4, 2017
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: The second session will examine the highly charged issues surrounding policing and community relations. The mutual trust of the citizenry and the police force constitute a vital underpinning of social stability, safety, and the well-being of the citizenry. We will invite leaders of the police force and the NYC community to share their perspectives and ideas on the path ahead.

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Ethics in Action NYC Series: Ethics and Wall Street
Date: February 9, 2017
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: The 2008 financial crisis and subsequent investigations and regulatory actions have exposed an underside to the financial industry. We will invite leaders of Wall Street, academia, and the public to engage in an intensive dialogue on what is right, wrong, moral, and immoral in the current environment of the financial markets.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Climate Change and NYC
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: As a low-lying coastal city, NYC is highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change, and the sea-level rise and intensive storms that can result. NYC must also be a leader in the effort to decarbonize the energy system, a challenge encapsulated in the City’s 80×50 plan (to reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 80 percent as of 2050). This session will engage city officials, scientists, real estate developers, technologists, and others on the moral dimensions of the fight against Climate Change.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Poverty in NYC
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: As Mayor De Blasio has famously noted, NYC is a tale of two cities, one rich and another poor. This session will discuss the ethical aspects of fighting poverty and inequality, and will discuss the practical challenges of boosting low incomes, reducing poverty, and fighting the high inequality of income and its pernicious influences.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Immigration Reform in NYC
Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: Immigration is one of the most important and contentious social issues facing the world, the nation, and NYC as one of the greatest global homes of migration. We will review the moral and practical challenges of migration policies and national choices, in an era when more people are moving globally as refugees and migrants.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Corruption in NYC
Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: We have experienced pervasive corruption in our public and private institutions in recent years. Public and private officials are marched off to prison for bribery, insider trading, and other crimes. Money in politics seems to cause a race to the bottom of public morality. This session will explore how we might restore honesty and ethics to public and private governance.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Education Reform in NYC
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: A high quality of education is critical for every child to achieve his or her potential. Yet we also know of the deep challenges of ensuring quality education for all in NYC, especially in the context of great inequalities of income and opportunity. We will explore the options for creating a system of high-quality education that is available to all, both rich and poor.

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Health Policy and Reform in NYC
Date: September 2017, TBD
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: New York City is home to one of the world’s largest and most complex healthcare delivery systems, with some of the world’s greatest healthcare institutions. At the same time, NYC is a microcosm of national and global healthcare challenges, with the health of New Yorkers reflecting massive inequalities of income and social status, with healthcare costs soaring and beyond the reach of many citizens, and with public budgets threatened by rapidly raising healthcare costs. This session will explore the right to health for all, and the ways to achieve it through actions within and beyond the healthcare system.

PAST EVENTS

Ethics in Action NYC Series: Sustainable Development Goals
Date: Tuesday, Nov 29, 2016
Location: Society for Ethical Culture
Description: All 193 member-states of the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals on September 25, 2015, to guide global cooperation and national policies through 2030. The first meeting of Ethics in Action NYC celebrated the leadership of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in guiding the world to adopt the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement, and engaged the SG in a dialogue on the future of the UN and sustainable development.

2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development
Date: Wednesday, Sep 21 through Thursday, Sep 22, 2016, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Alfred Lerner Hall
Description: The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network presented the 2016 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD). Featured Speakers included: Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment, Nigeria; Femi Oke, Internationally Renowned Journalist, Writer and Moderator; Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, Center for Sustainable Development.

Date: August 20, 2016
Location: Mumbai, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai delivered a Guest Lecture at Elphinstone college, University of Mumbai on “Millennium Development of Goals: Successes and Failures Globally”

Date: August 3, 2016
Location: Mumbai, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai delivered a Guest Lecture at Jai Hind college, University of Mumbai on “Millennium Development of Goals: India’s Successes and Failures”

Date: July 27, 2016
Location: Guwahati, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai signed an MOU at an event in Guwahati with the Department of Education, Government of Assam to enlarge the scope of CSD’s Education Project in Assam in the presence of the Education, Health and Finance minister of Assam

Date: July 26, 2016
Location: Shillong, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai delivered a Guest Lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong on “Challenges of, and Solutions for, Sustainable Growth and Development in India”

Date: July 25, 2016
Location: Shillong, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai jointly launched CSD’s Education Project – Model Districts Education Project along with the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Meghalaya in Shillong

Date: July 25, 2016
Location: Guwahati, India
Description: Nirupam Bajpai delivered a Guest Lecture to the Engineering and Management students and faculty of the Royal Group of Institutions, Guwahati.

ICT in Health Conference
Date: June 28 – 29, 2016
Location: Accra International Conference Centre
Description: Following up on the successful implementation of a CHW programme in Ghana, CSD’s CHW Campaign organized a conference on ICT in Ghana’s healthcare system.  The conference brought together ICT and sustainable development experts from the USA and Ghana to brainstorm and develop a strategic roadmap for an integrated national-scale ICT platform for the country’s health system, including the potential for unique health ID’s.

UNAIDS High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS
Date: June 8 – 10, 2016
Location: UN Headquarter, New York City
Description: After forming a strategic partnership with UNAIDS in February 2016 to support their 90-90-90 targets, CSD’s CHW Campaign was invited to speak at a side event on ‘Human Resources and Health’ at the June 2016 High Level Meeting.  Professor Jeffrey Sachs spoke on behalf of the Campaign.

Big Data and Sustainable Development
Date:  April 14, 2016
Location:  NYU Stern Kaufman Management Center
Moderator: Vasant Dhar, Professor, NYU Center for Data Science and NYU Stern; Editor-in-Chief, Big Data Journal
Panelists:  Justine Dowden, Data Analyst, Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University; Nicole Barberis, Senior Data Scientist, Bloomberg LLP; Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton, PhD Astrophysicist; Louis Coppola, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President, Governance & Accountability Institute
Description: As the world decides upon the indicators to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, there is an urgent need to mobilize data to hold governments and decision-makers accountable. What kinds of data and analytical tools will be relevant to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda?