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Global Problems - Global Solutions

Global Problems, Global Solutions is a free, annual conference discussing progress, plans and initiatives related to the U.N. Sustainable Goals.

Established in September 2015, the new sustainable development agenda seeks to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.
Dedicated to promoting justice and peace in a constantly changing global society, La Roche supports the U.N. in working to make these goals a reality in Pittsburgh and throughout the global marketplace.
La Roche leads and co-sponsors the conference with local colleges, universities and nonprofits known for their global activism.

Details for the next Global Problems, Global Solutions conference will be announced in Fall 2024.

Previous Keynote Speakers

  • Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D., former executive director, Rachel Carson Homestead Association and Board of Trustees secretary, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Barry Kerzin, M.D., a personal physician of the Dalai Lama, the founder and president of the Altruism in Medicine Institute and the founder and chairman of the Human Values Institute in Japan
  • Jim Withers, M.D., medical director and founder of Operation Safety Net and the Street Medicine Institute
  • Richard V. Piacentini, Executive Director of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Maureen A. Dunn, Division chief of the office of policy and strategy at U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Robert C. Gallo, M.D., Co-Discoverer of HIV Causing AIDS
  • Former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill
  • Pulitzer-Prize Winner Sheryl WuDunn
  • Deputy Secretary of USAID, Ambassador Donald Steinberg

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