David Nabarro

David Nabarro is the Former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. He is currently the director of 4SD- Skills, Systems, and Synergies for Sustainable Development.

David has spent his professional life re-designing the present and re-imagining the future that is healthy and sustainable and in service to all of humanity, as well, the natural world.

He has one word to describe HOW we unlock the UN Global Goals and advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change. That word is Love. In our interview, he speaks to the human heart, which he (along with notable others, like EO Wilson) believes is hard-wired for altruism and concern for all of humanity. We want the best for those on the planet today and those who have yet to arrive tomorrow. Then the question becomes, how do we do that when we are 7.7 billion people, living in 193 nations, coming from different cultural backgrounds, environments, and socio-economic conditions.

The answer is that the work is work of a lifetime; and it is hard work.  The good news now is that we have a plan to serve as a compass for us, and world leaders in business, government, and society are planning for the future using this plan with 17 goals and 169 targets.

Let’s listen as David makes the case for integrated, systems-based, universal thinking as the design framework and love at the center of activating the UN Global Goals.

As we are “all entire oceans in a drop, not merely drops in an ocean,” Rumi; then let’s go make some waves.

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