Thursday 19 September, 7.30 – 9.30pm, Council Chamber, Lewes Town Hall, FREE

The United Nations has set 17 ambitious Sustainable Development Goals to tackle urgent global challenges such as climate change and environmental breakdown. But how can a town like Lewes play its role in meeting these targets while still allowing for future development and economic growth in the town?

At this special debate hosted by the Mayor of Lewes, a panel of local councillors and campaigners will lead a discussion of how Lewes should tackle the challenge of ensuring economic growth is fairly shared, while at the same time responding to climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.

The panel of speakers are:

Councillor Oli Henman – Update on the United Nations’ latest reports and campaigns

Professor Sir Richard Jolly – Overview of the United Nations process

Councillor Janet Baah – The Town Council approach (with the help of a young activist)

Councillor Matt Bird (LDC Cabinet Member for Sustainability) – The District Council perspective on supporting sustainable development

Juliet Oxborrow (Transition Town Lewes) – The role of local campaigning groups in promoting sustainability

The debate will take place ahead of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Summit on 24 and 25 September when world leaders will meet in New York to review progress in the implementation of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (see image).  It’s hoped this local debate will feed into that bigger debate.

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