Goalmakers 2020: Achieving the SDGs

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The Pacific Council is working with GlobalWA and partners across seven U.S. cities on Goalmakers 2020, a collaboration to find new strategies to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Pacific Council is representing Los Angeles and focusing on SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and 16 (peace, justice, and strong institutions). The Council is working to promote community awareness around these SDGs and identify Los Angeles’ role in achieving them. Learn more about the steering committee and cities involved here.

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Past Events

Resilience versus Sustainability: The United States' Water Future, November 17, 2020: This conversation focused on the water challenges facing the United States and the world, as part of the Goalmakers initiative on the Sustainable Development Goals. This event was presented in partnership with Stanford's Water in the West.

PolicyWest 2020: Peace and Justice in the Time of COVID, December 3, 2020: A panel discussion on UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, which focuses on peace, justice, and strong institutions. This event is part of the PolicyWest conference and is presented in partnership with the World Justice Project and the Los Angeles Mayor's Office. Register here.

2020 National Forum, December 7-8, 2020: The Global Washington annual gathering is the premier event for global development practitioners, funders, and partners on the West Coast. This year, it is virtual and will be the culmination of conversations taking place out of seven cities across the U.S., with keynotes from The Rockefeller Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft Philanthropies, and more. The National Forum will challenge and inspire participants to reimagine global development given this moment in history. The Los Angeles Goalmakers group will present their findings at this event. Register here

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

The SDG 6 Roundtable participants include:

Dr. Newsha Ajami, Director of Urban Water Policy, Water in the West; Senior Research Associate, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Ms. Erin Bromaghim, Director of Olympic and Paralympic Development, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti & Fellow on Sustainable Development Goals, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Ms. Rachel Cardone, Deputy Director, Program on Water, Health & Development, Stanford University
Mr. Hamid Farhad, WATERisLIFE
Ms. Jennifer Faust, Executive Director, Pacific Council on International Policy 
Mr. Paul Fleming, Water Program Manager, Microsoft
Mr. Brian Gower, Senior Foundations Director, Foundations and Partnerships, World Vision
Dr. Ellen Hanak, Vice President and Director, Water Policy Center, Public Policy Institute of California
Dr. Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Mr. Matthew Kline, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Ms. Felicia Marcus, Chair, California State Water Resources Control Board
Ms. Nicole Neeman Brady, Principal and COO, Renewable Resources Group; Commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power 
Mr. Jordan Smoke, Director, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, World Vision
Mr. William Sarni, Founder and CEO, Water Foundry
Professor Barton Thompson, Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, Stanford Law School

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions 

The SDG 16 Roundtable will focus on access to justice and anti-corruption and open governments. Participants include:

Ms. Rose Berg, Director of Advocacy & Communications, Chandler Foundation
Ms. Suzanna Brickman, Pro Bono Counsel, DLA Piper
Ms. Kristen Dailey, Executive Director, GlobalWA 
Ms. Jennifer Faust, Executive Director, Pacific Council on International Policy

Ms. Eliane Fersan, Strategist, Catalyst, Consultant; Middle East & North Africa, Civil Society Expert
Mr. Charles Gillig, VP of Operations and Legal Technology, Neighborhood Legal Services
Mr. Richard B. Goetz, Partner, O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Ms. Carol Hamilton, Former Commissioner, United States National Mission for UNESCO
Mrs. Michelle M. Kezirian, Attorney at Law
Ms. Monya Kian, U.S. Program Director, Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative
Ms. Brie Loskota, Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California
Ms. Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Principal, KME Consulting & Board of Directors, Human Rights Watch
Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson, Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy, Head of Heinz College in DC, Carnegie Mellon University
Mr. Lucas Pena, Director, Framework Plan for Implementation, Office of High Comissioner of Peace, Republic of Colombia
Mr. Ted Piccone, Chief Engagement Officer, World Justice Project
Mr. James M. Prince, President, Democracy Council
Ms. Leslie Tsai, Director of Social Impact, Chandler Foundation
Ms. Victoria Weatherford, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP



2020 will be remembered as a year of massive global disruption and upheaval. The COVID-19 pandemic has strained our health systems, jolted the global economy, and frayed our social fabric. Additionally, the protests and calls for racial equality in the United States have ignited a movement to dismantle systematic racism that is reaching across the globe.

The overlapping crises of 2020 have also created an opportunity to reset, reimagine, and rebuild existing systems for a more equitable future. Those in the global development community are responding to urgent needs and re-evaluating their role in the world. And, we already have a roadmap for this work – the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each goal lays out specific targets to achieve a common vision. The pandemic has upended progress on many of these targets, and it is up to us to chart a new, more equitable course of action for our future.


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