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The 'Future of Development' Symposium series creates opportunities to bring experts and practitioners from across disciplines and fields together to discuss the big ideas that bear on the future of global development.

In 2018, the inaugural year of the series, participants from Cornell University, Syracuse University, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNESCO, UN DESA, The Bipartisan Policy Center, and many more organizations addressed the challenges of bridging science and policy in the era of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2019, 'The Future of Development' series began a string of events focused on the challenges of reaching "Net Zero by 2050", or net zero carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by the year 2050. The first event, held on March 8th, 2019, focused on the issue of carbon dioxide removal, contextualized by the UN's Special Report on 1.5C released in October of 2018. Experts from the World Resources Institute, Carbon 180, the Institute for Carbon Removal Policy and Law, and Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Science joined Cornellians in discussing the many dimensions of the issue.

The "Net Zero by 2050" events will be continuing in Fall of 2019. To get more information, send us a message!

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