Selected Presentations on the Anthropocene and the Sustainable Development Goals by Professor Johan Rockström

Published on Jun 11, 2018

Amid increasing willingness to transform the global food system and the capacity to feed a growing world population edging towards 10 billion people, Johan Rocsktröm and Sania Nishtar warn of troubling trends.

Johan Rockström’s struggle with a hoarse and much reduced voice became a fitting reflection of the state of the planet: vulnerable but slowly getting better. Together with Sania Nishtar he warned that amid an increasing determination for transforming the global food system, there are still troubling trends. Prevalence of diabetes has doubled in the last 30 years and global shifts to unhealthy diets risk undermining the health gains of the past 50 years.

Johan Rockström is a Professor in Environmental Science with an emphasis on water resources and global sustainability at Stockholm University, and the Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is an internationally recognized scientist on global water resources, global sustainability issues and is best known for leading the recent development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change.

Dr. Sania Nishtar is the internationally acclaimed Pakistani physician and public health expert. She co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the future of healthcare and the U.S National Academy of Sciences Global Study on the Quality of Healthcare in low and middle-income countries. In addition, she also chairs the United Nations International Institute for Global Health’s Advisory Committee.

Edmund Hillary Fellowship
Published on Apr 30, 2018

Johan Rockström is a world-renowned climate change scientist, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and was named the 2017 Hillary Laureate by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership. His work on planetary boundaries has been accepted and endorsed by hundreds of the world’s top scientists as representing a safe operating space for humanity. Johan offers both a stark warning, and cause for hope in this short summary of his work and of his book Big World Small Planet. You can watch the spoken word poem that Johan references at the beginning of his talk here:

Edmund Hillary Fellowship
Published on Apr 30, 2018

Humanity faces a great opportunity for disruptive transformation of our economies, societies and environments, to create a safe, just and equitable operating space for Earth. Johan Rockström outlines that there has never been a time as a scientist to be more nervous, yet also more hopeful about the future. Johan is a world-renowned climate change scientist, Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, and author of Big World Small Planet. He was also named the 2017 Hillary Laureate by the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.

Climate State
Published on Nov 16, 2017

Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden speaks about sustainable development goals. This talk is part of the Impacts World 2017 conference, more at Rockström at

Title: World Development within a Resilient and Stable Earth system – Only Path to the SDGs.

TED Archive
Published on Aug 29, 2017

Sustainability expert Johan Rockstrom sheds a hopeful light on the future of the environment in the age of the Anthropocene, where humans are in the driver’s seat on environmental change. He proposes 6 universal goals we should adopt as a planet to unify and protect Earth. TEDArchive presents previously unpublished talks from TED conferences. Enjoy this unedited talk by Johan Rockstrom.

Filmed at TEDGlobal 2013.

World Economic Forum
Published on Feb 14, 2017

In just five decades, we have transitioned from being small world on a big planet to a big world on a small planet – we are now disturbing biomes that regulate the stability of the entire system. Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden, explains why we should be concerned about tipping points and how we can embrace the challenge of seeing opportunities in the necessary transformation towards global sustainability.

Published on Jun 13, 2016

Johan Rockström is Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, and Chairman of the EAT Advisory Board. Together with Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO of Gist Advisory he presented a State of The Union style adress. EAT Stockholm Food Forum, June 2016.

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How food connects all the SDGs

Johan Rockström and Pavan Sukhdev present new way of viewing the Sustainable Development Goals and how they are all linked to food
Speaking at the Stockholm EAT Food Forum 13 June, centre director Johan Rockström and board member Pavav Sukhdev, pushed for a new way of viewing the economic, social and ecological aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The new illustration download high-res version here (credit: Azote Images for Stockholm Resilience Centre) is based on one of the iconic figures of the centre, “the wedding cake”, developed by centre science director Carl Folke and others. It implies that economies and societies are seen as embedded parts of the biosphere.

This model changes our paradigm for development, moving away from the current sectorial approach where social, economic, and ecological development are seen as separate parts. Now, we must transition toward a world logic where the economy serves society so that it evolves within the safe operating space of the planet.

Johan and Pavan concluded that actually all the sustainable development goals are directly or indirectly connected to sustainable and healthy food. They also put forward that goals on eradicating poverty (SDG 1) and zero hunger (SDG 2) requires gender equality (SDG 5), decent jobs (SDG 8) and reduced inequality (SDG 10).

Johan Rockström is Chairman of the EAT Advisory Board. Together with Pavan Sukhdev, Founder and CEO of Gist Advisory, he presented the new view of the SDGs in the opening key note speach at the 2016 EAT Forum.



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