Talks & Lectures
15 Feb 2022
Virtual Event

Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: What is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Why is it Transformative?

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Irena Zubcevic

Speaker: Irena Zubcevic, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs


On September 25, 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity that will be implemented by all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership. The 2030 Agenda resolves to take bold and transformative steps, which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path while leaving no one behind. The seminar will explain why the 2030 Agenda is transformative and why it is critical for humanity and the planet.


Irena Zubcevic has over 20 years of experience in sustainable development, international relations, diplomacy, policy and advocacy as well as national level experience especially how to translate global policies into concrete deliverables on the ground. Prior to working at the United Nations Secretariat in the area of sustainable development, she worked from 1992 to 2008 as a diplomat in the Croatian foreign service.
Currently working at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, she is leading a team of professionals working on intergovernmental UN processes related to sustainable development, notably the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals and is supporting the work of the High-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF) including by providing assistance to countries in presenting their voluntary national reviews of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the HLPF. She is also facilitating the engagement of non-state actors in the work of the HLPF. She received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Zagreb, Croatia in humanities and social sciences.

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