January Editorials

Goals House

January dialogues

19-21 January 2021

Goals House

January editorials

Quality Education: Creating a world where everyone can realise their potential

A discussion with Paul Gurney, Co-founder and CEO, BecomingX

Joined by Andria Zafirakou MBE, Winner of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize and Founder, Artists in Residence; James Brett, Founder, Plant for Peace; Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Chancellor, Regents University London; Priya Lakhani OBE, Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech; Dr. Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, Chief Fire Officer at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

With an introduction from Bear Grylls OBE, Co-founder, BecomingX.

The panel looked at what it takes to help students build the confidence and character that is needed to succeed, highlighting that it is a combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes and relationships that is really enabling people to realise their potential. It also explored how education must also adapt to meet the changing needs of the next generation.

Work reimagined:  How can we harness technology to enable a happy and productive workforce?

Vijay Vaitheeswaran, US Business Editor at the Economist was joined by Liz Fealy, EY Global People Advisory Services Solutions Leader and EY Global Workforce Advisory Leader; Jean Oelwang, President & Founding CEO, Virgin Unite and B Team Leader; Jerome Grateau, Director, EMEA Google Workspace, Google Cloud; Richard Sheridan, CEO & Chief Storyteller, Menlo Innovations.

As we continue to battle the human disconnect brought about by COVID-19, the panel provided the audience with a wide range of perspectives on how we can harness technology to enable a happy and productive workforce.

Fireside on combatting modern day slavery and human trafficking

HRH Princess Eugenie and Julia de Boinville, Co-Founders, The Anti-Slavery Collective were in discussion with Gail Gallie, Co-Founder, Project Everyone.

The conversation covered why HRH Princess Eugenie and Julia de Boinville were motivated to found the Collective, as well as the different types of modern slavery that are often hidden today, and how we can help to combat this.

How can we ensure no country is left behind in the fight against Covid-19?

Introduction and moderation by Rt. Hon Wendy Morton, Minister for European Neighbourhood and the Americas at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.

Opening remarks by António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary General and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

Joined by José Manuel Barroso, Chair of Gavi; Dr. John N. Nkengasong, MSc, PhD, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia); Rebecca Marmot, Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilever; Daniel Marfo, Senior Vice President, Zipline International.

The UK Government hosted a panel discussion for their One19 campaign promoting equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and tests.

Picking up the pace: Accelerating the adoption of renewable energy

Jules Kortenhorst, CEO, The Rocky Mountain Institute was in conversation with Kandeh Yumkella, Former UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All; and Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and UN SRSG for Sustainable Energy for All, Co-Chair of UN-Energy.

This conversation focussed on the steps we must all take to increase the uptake of renewable energy solutions, which have the potential to bring us back from the brink of climate disaster and transform our daily lives for the better.

Setting the right trends: Bringing the fashion industry behind the global goals

Hosted by Fashion Avengers.

Joined by Rankin, British Fashion Photographer; Noella Coursaris Musunka, Model and Philanthropist; Paola Arbelaez, Global Category Director, Vanish; Sara Vaughan, Global Chief Purpose & Sustainability Advisor, Marie Claire; Gail Gallie, Co-Founder, Project Everyone.

This panel explored what a fairer, more sustainable industry might look like post-pandemic, and how the Global Goals can help us get there.

Life below water: To protect nature we need to start with people

Matt Barbet, Director, freuds and Broadcaster was joined by Melati Wijsen, Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags and YOUTHTOPIA; Angelique Pouponneau, Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust.

This panel emphasised the importance of ocean conservation and the effectiveness of grassroots campaigning in changing public perception. Despite the awareness raised on the urgency of achieving Goal 14: Life Below Water, it was discussed that more needs to be done to turn the tide before 2030.

Art, Activism and The Road to COP26

Anna Cafolla, Editor, Dazed was joined by Oliver Jeffers, Visual Artist and Author; Tom Rivett-Carnac, Founding Partner of Global Optimism, Author and Podcaster and former Chief Political Strategist for the Paris Agreement; Paul Bodnar, Managing Director at the Rocky Mountain Institute and former White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council; Judy Ling Wong CBE, Painter, Poet, Environmental Activist & Honorary President of the Black Environment Network; Es Devlin, Artist and Designer.

This panel explored the role of artists and creativity in engaging people on climate activism and how we can mobilise our creative community ahead of COP26 to shape hearts and minds. The panellists highlighted the huge task ahead of us in turning the tide on climate change, the importance of the next decade and in particular this November at COP26 in achieving real action.