Students and researchers compete for United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals – University of Copenhagen

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17 May 2016

Students and researchers compete for United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals


Both researchers and students will be on the field when the qualification round for the first amateur World Cup in women’s soccer is kicked off on Tuesday afternoon. The event is part of the international Women Deliver conference, which takes place on 16-19 May.

From the University of Copenhagen, Prorector for Education Lykke Friis will team up with The Lehmann Sisters, a team consisting of female students from the university. Before the first match, five of the university's researchers will provide intellectual warm-up to both players and spectators.

“We are all playing to draw attention to the UN's 17 sustainable development goals. Therefore, it was obvious
to call in some of UCPH’s strong researchers to assist with the warm-up so that
we’re completely clear on the UN goals when the games begin,” says team captain
and Prorector Lykke Friis.

Intellectual warm-up

The researchers will each talk about a development goal that is close to their own field of research. Lykke Friis does not hide the fact that five male researchers are warming-up for an event focusing on women.

“Much of the gender debate has often been a debate for and about women. But we’ll only reach the Development Goals if both men and women participate,” says Lykke Friis and refers to the UN Women's #HeforShe campaign that is also trying to activate men.  

Five researchers and five goals

Professor Flemming Konradsen is the Head the Global Health section and conducts research about malaria epidemics and the dissemination of dengue fever. He will talk about the 3rd goal, which is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting health for all:
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Vincent Hendricks is a Professor of formal philosophy and Head of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies. He will talk about the 4th goal, which is about education for all:
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

Peter Engelund Holm is a professor of environmental chemistry and responsible for the Danish-Chinese education programme in Water & Environment offered at the Sino-Danish Center in Beijing. Peter will talk about the 6th goal, which is about ensuring equal access to clean water and sanitation:
Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Minik Rosing is a professor in geology at the Natural History Museum of Denmark and is currently working on a research project to study whether Greenlandic rock flour could revitalise depleted soil and prevent forest fires in the tropics. Minik will talk about goal number 13, addressing climate change and its impacts:
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Associate Professor Anders Henriksen is Head of the Center for international law, conflict and crisis. Anders conducts research into international law and his research focuses on human rights and their use during periods of armed conflict:
Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Read more and see the complete list of the Sustainable Development Goals on the United Nation's website.