Spring 2024
EH 210
January 2 - January 19
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Social and Sustainable Innovation Driven by the Sustainable Development Goals


In January 1st of 2016 the United Nations officially released the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which officially launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which over the next 15 years will drive global activities to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and reduce climate change. The new goals call for action for all countries to promote economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection (UN, 2016). Although SDGs are not legally binding, it is very likely that governments may use them to establish national frameworks for achieving these 17 goals which might trigger innovation at a global scale. However, the task of complying with SDGs should be a shared responsibility with citizens of each country as it is unlikely that governments would be able to act by themselves without people’s support. A big percentage of new ideas are likely to be conceived and implemented in developing countries which may require to strengthen their frameworks and capacity to conceive and implement innovation initiatives under their local conditions. For that reason, public health professionals should become agents of change that empower people worldwide by sharing knowledge and developing skills in sustainable practices and technologies, climate change preparedness, social entrepreneurship and the process of creating positive startups to implement sustainable and social innovation to help in achieving SDGs. Course Requirements: Students outside of HSPH must request instructor permission to enroll in this course

Environmental Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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