During September and October of 2016, Aquatera Ltd, SEATIS Ltd, the Orkney campus of Heriot-Watt University, and Robert Gordon University will be hosting 20 Indonesian researchers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). The International Science Programme for Indonesian Researchers (InSPIRe) has been developed which will provide them with key information they can take back to their respective fields in Indonesia.
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a relatively new, universal set of goals, targets and indicators that United Nations (UN) member states will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years. The formal name given to this group of goals in the ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.

These goals came into effect on the 25th September 2015. The over-arching aim of these goals is to end poverty, protect the plant and ensure prosperity for all. By all 193 member states signing up to these goals it is hoped that this will achieve a unified attempt to combat critical global issues threatening society now and in the coming decades.

Sustainable development has been a priority for Ban Ki-moon since he became United Nations Secretary-General on 1 January 2007. One of his first major initiatives was the 2007 Climate Change Summit, followed by extensive diplomatic efforts that have helped put the issue at the forefront of the global agenda. The Millennium Development Goals, that is, the 2000-2015 efforts to focus on the world’s main anti-poverty targets, have generated more than $60 billion in pledges from governments, nonprofits and the private sector.

In this vein we developed the InSPIRe program with this in mind. We hope to provide you with insights into what every day, every organisation, presentation and fieldtrip with your tour contributes to these 17 SDGs.