Liam's Legacy Symposium: Creating the U.N. SDGs

The 7th annual Liam's Legacy Symposium features Jessica Espey, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). In 2015, after a 4-year negotiation process, 193 United Nations member countries agreed upon a new global framework for development that included 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The “SDGs” span nearly every developmental issue facing the world, from climate change to poverty to sustainable production and consumption. They are as relevant in the United States as they are in places like Somalia. The ambition of this universal agenda is to shepherd the whole world towards a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future, where no one is left behind. Jessica Espey, who was a lead negotiator in the SDG process, will reflect on the negotiation process and shares insights into SDG implementation in diverse locations around the world. (For more details, see bio below.) Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Bruce Stiftel, chair of the School of City and Regional Planning, and featuring GT faculty and partners from our newly forming Greater Atlanta U.N. University Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE): Danny Boston (GT International Affairs), Shatakshee Dhongde (GT Economics), Serena Newhall (CIFAL Atlanta at Kennesaw State), and Fatemeh Shafiei (Spelman Political Science).  See Jessica Espey’s full bio here.

Co-sponsored by Global Development Minor and School of City and Regional Planning

About Liam Rattray & Liam's Legacy:

The Liam's Legacy Symposium honors the memory of Liam Rattray, an outstanding and socially-committed Georgia Tech Honors Program student who was tragically killed by a drunk driver just a few weeks after his graduation, in 2011.  We mourn his death, but we also celebrate his life in this annual event that carries his name and draws upon his legacy of engagement and activism.

Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #17- Partnerships for the Goals)

Directions and Parking

**More Opportunities to Talk with Jessica Espey on Friday, October 27:

  •  Student Conversation with Jessica Espey about Smart Cities & the SDGs
    • 10:10-11:00 AM, Instructional Center 115
    • Part of the course, ICT & Policy (INTA 4050/6753) – open to all GT students (undergrads & grad students)
  • Graduate Student Conversation with Jessica Espey about Measuring the SDGs
    • 2:00 - 3:15 PM 214 Architecture Building (West Wing)
    • Open to all graduate students
    • Sponsored by the School of City and Regional Planning


Part of the SLS U.N. SDG Series: Putting the Sustainable Development Goals Into Action (SDG #17- Partnerships for the Goals)

Event Details


  • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Clary Theater, Student Success Center