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This month we had a visitor from the University of Siena, Simone Cresti. His visit was sponsored by the Erasmus Staff exchange for Universities. Simone's background is in political science and he is currently a PhD candidate in European and Comparative Politics at the Department of Social Political and Cognitive Sciences. At the same moment he is working as project manager for the SDSN Mediterranean, a network for solutions in the field of sustainable development. 

His trip to UCD aimed to develop knowledge, personal skills, relationships between universities and the opportunity to share good practices and experiences. With a background in political science, Simone was particularly interested in what UCD does in these fields trying to join political sciences and sustainable development. He is interested in understanding how UCD manages research, what strategies stand at the basis of the fund raising for research and the activities of SPIRe.

Simon worked with Prof Paul Walsh on his visit, and through the sharing of ideas agreed that the role of research in political sciences and international relations is strategic for the adoption of solutions for the sustainable development, especially for Agenda 2030. He also met a number of other people from the university, mainly research administrators and researchers. Simone is interested to come back to UCD to pursue postdoctoral projects in the future. 

Lots Photos on the Twitter and Facebook accounts: Over 200,000 Impressions and Reads 

Facebook home explains the project

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Tweets on #SDGweekUCD, @UCD_SDG

Facebook account:  https://www.facebook.com/SDGs-at-UCD-927585674045728/

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Schedule  for Information Stands in the Foyer of the New UCD Student Centre:

9am to 4pm,

April 18th Tuesday:

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • Smoking Free UCD Campus                                      (SDG Target: 3.a)
  • Ethical Fashion                                                           (SDG Targets: 12.1, 12.2, 12.8)

 April 19th Wednesday:                   

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • Plastic                                                                         (SDG Target:  14.1)
  • Water                                     (SDG Target: 3.3, 3.9, 6.1-6, 6a-b, 11.5, 12.4, 15.1, 15.8)
  • Sustainable Vegetarian Eating                                 (SDG Target:  8.4, 12.1, 12a)

April 20th Thursday: 

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • STDs in the UCD Community:  HIV/AIDS Awareness          (SDG Target:  3.3)
  • Gender Sensitive Development and Maternal Health       (SDG Target: 1b, 3.1, 3.7)
  • Sustainable Energy use on the UCD Campus          (SDG Target:  7.1-3, 7a, 7b, 7.b.1)

April 21st Friday:                                         

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)
  • Safety in the UCD Campus: Consent                                    (SDG Target:  4a)
  • UCD Promoting SDG Education in Schools                         (SDG Target:  4.3, 4.5, 4.7, 13.3)

UCD Book Drive:  Books for Communities in Need            (SDG Target:  4.6.1)

Dr. Willard Tinago a graduate of our Ph.D in Global Human Development , gave a keynote talk on STDs in the UCD Community:  HIV/AIDS Awareness  (SDG Target:  3.3)

Part I of Talk (10 mins)

Part I of Talk (10 mins)

Willard SDGs_2017_Final (PowerPoint File)

Dr. Willard Tinago, HIV Molecular Research Group,  UCD School of Medicine

Dr. Paddy Mallon, Director, HIV Molecular Research Group,  UCD School of Medicine

http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/hivmrg/

 

Click the link below for the transcript of the speech.

China’s Dream, A Shared Dream by H.E. Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland

From left to right: Professor Patrick Paul Walsh of UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies, Dr. Yue Xiaoyong H.E. Ambassador of China to Ireland, Professor David Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations, Professor Andrew Deeks, UCD president
Dr. Yue Xiaoyong H.E. Ambassador of China to Ireland with the members of UCD Politics and International Relations Society
Dr. Yue Xiaoyong with UCD PhD students and staff
Dr. Yue Xiaoyong with UCD PhD students and staff

Sustainable Development Goals Awareness Week

18-21 April 2017

3 easy ways to participate

1) Visit the Stands, see attached, in the new Student Centre 

2) Get active on Social Media. Tweet on #SDGweekUCD  and  RT.  

Like and invite on our live Facebook account:  https://www.facebook.com/SDGs-at-UCD-927585674045728/

Twitter

@UCD_SDG

#SDGweekUCD

3) Get SDG Cards tomorrow form the stands for Photos of staff/students around the campus.

Send to   ucdsdg@gmail.com  or post on  #SDGweekUCD   (€200 for the most RTed photo!)

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Schedule  for Information Stands in the Foyer of the New UCD Student Centre:

9am to 4pm,

April 18th Tuesday:

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)

Samuel - samuel.almeida@ucdconnect.ie

Eoin- Eoin.gormley@ucdconnect.ie

  • Smoking Free UCD Campus                                      (SDG Target: 3.a)

Megan- megan.mcnulty@ucdconnect.ie

Ryan- ryan.o-meara@ucdconnect.ie

Amy-  amy.gargan@ucdconnect.ie

  • Ethical Fashion                                                           (SDG Targets: 12.1, 12.2, 12.8)

Megan-  megan.mcnulty@ucdconnect.ie

Roseanna- roseanna.shanahan@ucdconnect.ie

 April 19th Wednesday:                   

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)

Samuel - samuel.almeida@ucdconnect.ie

Eoin- Eoin.gormley@ucdconnect.ie

  • Plastic                                                                         (SDG Target:  14.1)

Andrew- Andy andrew.curtin@ucdconnect.ie

Rachael- rachael.neville@ucdconnect.ie

  • Water                                     (SDG Target: 3.3, 3.9, 6.1-6, 6a-b, 11.5, 12.4, 15.1, 15.8)

Emily - emily.sharples@ucdconnect.ie

Rachael -rachael.neville@ucdconnect.ie

  • Sustainable Vegetarian Eating                                 (SDG Target:  8.4, 12.1, 12a)

Emily - emily.sharples@ucdconnect.ie

Cameron - Cameron.O-Farrell@ucdconnect.ie

April 20th Thursday: 

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)

Samuel - samuel.almeida@ucdconnect.ie

Eoin- Eoin.gormley@ucdconnect.ie

  • STDs in the UCD Community:  HIV/AIDS Awareness          (SDG Target:  3.3)

Paul – ppwalsh@ucd.ie

Paddy – Paddy.Mallon@ucd.ie

Marlene-  marlene.roche@ucdconnect.ie

Ailtin- ailtin.duignan@ucdconnect.ie

  • Gender Sensitive Development and Maternal Health       (SDG Target: 1b, 3.1, 3.7)

Paul – ppwalsh@ucd.ie

Lamia- lamia.tadjine@ucdconnect.ie

Charlotte- charlotte.hirst@ucdconnect.ie

  • Sustainable Energy use on the UCD Campus          (SDG Target:  7.1-3, 7a, 7b, 7.b.1)

Lauren- lauren.farden@ucdconnect.ie

Daniel- daniel.meehan@ucdconnect.ie

April 21st Friday:                                         

  • SDG Awareness in the UCD Community                  (17 SDGs  and 169 Targets)

Samuel - samuel.almeida@ucdconnect.ie

Eoin- Eoin.gormley@ucdconnect.ie

  • Safety in the UCD Campus: Consent                                    (SDG Target:  4a)

Lynnete - lynette.moore@ucdconnect.ie

Aisling  - aisling.oconnell@ucdconnect.ie

  • UCD Promoting SDG Education in Schools                         (SDG Target:  4.3, 4.5, 4.7, 13.3)

Lynnete- lynette.moore@ucdconnect.ie

Lauren  -lauren.burke@ucdconnect.ie

Ciara- Ciara.Whelan@ucd.ie

Conor- Conor.Galvin@ucd.ie

  • UCD Book Drive:  Books for Communities in Need            (SDG Target:  4.6.1)

Lauren -lauren.farden@ucdconnect.ie

Jordon- jordan.kelly@ucdconnect.ie

Names from left to Right.

Dr Gabrielle O'Kelly- Programe Director Higher Diploma in Mental health, UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems.

Dr Naomi Mutea- Dean, School of Nursing, Meru University of Science and Technology, Meru Kenya.

Mary Joy Kaimuri- Chairman of departments, School of Nursing, Meru University of Science and Technology, Meru Kenya.

Professor Paul Walsh- UCD Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development

Dr Purity Mwendwa - Post Doctoral Research Fellow - UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems.

China’s Remarkable Transformation

Dr. Yue Xiaoyong
H.E. Ambassador of China to Ireland

Venue: George Moore Auditorium in the UCD Science Building

Date & Time: Tuesday April 18th 4pm

Welcome: Professor Andrew J Deeks, President of UCD

Inaugural Talk in UCD: Dr. Yue Xiaoyong, H.E. Ambassador of China to Ireland

Q& A: Chaired by Professor Patrick Paul Walsh, Director, Centre for Sustainable Development Studies.

All Welcome

Hosted by

  • UCD President Office
  • UCD Centre of Sustainable Development Studies, SPIRe.
  • UCD Chinese Students and Scholars Association
  • UCD Economics Society
  • UCD Politics and International Relations Society
  • UCD Confucius Institute in Ireland
  • UCD School of Economics

A Biography of Dr. Yue Xiaoyong

Graduated with a M.A. from Wuhan University and a Ph.D. from Beijing University. A hugely successful career diplomat, Married with one daughter.

  • 2016~- .Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland since 2016.
  • 2014~-2016 MFA adviser for the China-Arab States Expo and Ambassador for policy planning in MFA.
  • 2007~2013 Ambassador to the State of Qatar; Ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan;
  • 2002~2006 Deputy Director General for Policy Planning of MFA; Director General for policy planning in the Research Office of the State Council, PRC, Political Counsellor and Head of Political office of the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. from 1997 to 2002.
  • 1990~2002 Deputy Division Director, Division Director, and Dept. Counsellor and Dept. leadership member in the Dept. Of North American and Oceanian Affairs (NAOA), MFA, in 1990’s.
  • 1985~1990 Joined diplomatic service in mid-1980’s as desk officer in the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand Affairs Division, Dept. of NAOA, MFA; served as private secretary to the Ambassador and political officer in the Chinese Embassy in UK.
  • 1975~1985 Deputy Principal and Teacher of Hongmiao Primary and Middle School in Enshi City, Hubei Province; student consultant in the English Dept., College of Foreign Languages, Wuhan University.

Under the theme "Shaping Future Governments", the World Government Summit (WGS) is the largest global platform dedicated to exploring the future of governments driven by technological advances and evolving citizen expectations, and showcases future trends in government services, leadership, and innovation. The summit brings together over 3,000 leaders, policy makers, academics, and key representatives from international organizations from over 130 countries.

One track of the WGS is the "SDGs in Action @ WGS'' program. This program was organized in collaboration with the United Nations, the World Bank and OECD. Stakeholders from around the world looked at the key challenges to the implementation of the goals and to identify potential solution.

The 2017 edition of the "SDGs in Action @ WGS" looked at the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the implementation of the SDGs. The Format of the program was a mix of plenary and cluster discussions that lead to ideas that where pitched to the delegates and voted on.

Professor Patrick Paul Walsh chaired a cluster on SDG 10 that produced a winning idea that will be showcased at the UN Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) in May 2017.

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/TFM/STIForum2017

The winning idea uses existing technologies to create a crowd sourcing and financial matching platform to enable STI transfer to deliver government services in poor countries.

Yao (Sara) Han has been granted "the 2016 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad" by China Scholarship Council. Ambassador Xiaoyong Yue attended the ceremony, presented the award, delivered a keynote speech, and had a talk with the awardees. The awards ceremony was held at the Chinese Embassy in Dublin on 24 February 2017 facilitated by First Secretary Xiaochuang Wu.

This award, starting in 2003, was founded by the Chinese government with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies will be considered by the award selection panel. Only 501 young talents were granted the 2016 award all over the world.

Yao (Sara) Han is Ph.D candidate at School of Politics and International Relations and Ph.D researcher at Geary Institute for Public Policy. Her doctoral studies panel includes: Johan A. Elkink (Principal Supervisor), Lan Xue (Tsinghua University), and Patrick Paul Walsh (Chair).

China Scholarship Council and the Chinese Embassy also expressed their sincere gratitude to all those contributing to her remarkable achievements.