Welcome to the LEAD CoP Event on the Sustainable Development Goals

Exploring how language, education, and development work with non-dominant communities integrates with and supports progress towards the SDGs. Follow along with us in Bangkok from May 18-20, 2016!


  1. A quick look at the 17 SDGs: "As we embark on this collective journey, we pledge that no one will be left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets which we are announcing today demonstrate the scale and ambition of this new universal Agenda. They seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and complete what these did not achieve."
  3. Matt Wisbey, LEAD Community of Practice Coordinator: "The SDGs, at their core, are just a view of what people want the world to look like in 15 years--they are a picture of a 'preferred future'."
  4. What do our communities want in the future? "Quality education, human connectivity, 'a lot of green and blue' in the form of water and forests, equal opportunities, people working together in partnership"...among other things!
  5. What is in our visions for the future that is not in the SDGs? "People living together culturally and linguistically." "Freedom of speech and a space for expressing creativity." "Religious respect." "Inter-generational harmony." One participant working in the Philippines commented, "There isn't a Department of Hope."
  6. Which SDGs are not readily apparent in our visions for the future? "Clean energy" and "Industry, innovation & infrastructure."
  7. Kimmo Kosonen, SIL MLE Consultant, shared thoughts on being involved in the development of SDG4 and its related targets at the World Education Forum in Incheon, Korea in 2015. (Notice that Kimmo is contributing to SDG12: Responsible Consumption and Production with his low-fi recycling of a toothpaste box as notepaper.)
  8. How do the SDGs relate to the MDGs? One key difference: The MDGs focused primarily on social issues; the SDGs focus also on environmental, economic, and justice issues. Read more about the changes:
  9. We closed the day's sessions with a 'World Cafe' to discuss how we envision the 17 SDGs being achieved in our contexts. One story that was shared was of a community leader with two sons: one in a government school, and one in an MTB-MLE school. Though one son is older than the other in terms of age, in terms of learning, the father described him as being "younger"--a reminder of the role of MTB-MLE in driving quality education.
  10. DAY 2 - THURSDAY