While the political activities at the United Nations take center-stage during this General Assembly week in New York, a little farther uptown from the UN headquarters, Columbia University is hosting the International Conference on Sustainable Development for its fifth year. Focusing on development policy and practice, the conference kicked off on Monday with panels and dialogue around key issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

One of the discussions held on day one of ICSD was a conversation around the role of women in achieving the SDGs, with an all-star panel composed of Kathy Calvin, President & CEO of the UN Foundation;Fiona Dawson, Global President at Mars Foods, Drinks, and Multisales, Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director at Merck for Mothers, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, and Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director and CEO of LADOL.

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