P4R: Follow-up to the VNRs: Experiences and lessons learnt
Partners for Review

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development encourages member states to ‘conduct regular and inclusive reviews of progress at the national and sub-national levels’. Reviewing the implementation of the 2030 Agenda is not an end in itself but a means to improve and accelerate implementation. During the VNR countries take stock of and assess progress and shortcomings in the implementation of the goals and targets. This process is a dynamic one wherein countries are constantly implementing, assessing and readjusting their policies to achieve the goals.

Among the questions to be addressed in the webinar are the following:

  • What have countries learnt about systematically identifying lessons learnt, good practices and policy recommendations during the review process?
  • What happens after a VNR is presented?
  • What challenges do national governments face in following up and how do national policies, plans and structures evolve?
  • How can Supreme Audit Institutions contribute to and strengthen national follow-up?

In case you wish to participate in the webinar, kindly send an email with your name, position and the name of the institution you work for to: joern.geisselmann@giz.de.

FAO Webinar Recording: The evidence review: the key step in the development of FBDGs

This webinar addressed some of these gaps focusing on the following questions:

  • Why is the evidence review a key step in the development of FBDGs?
  • What are the main processes involved? What is the current FAO process for conducting an evidence review?
  • What are some challenges and responses in LMICs?

The webinar also highlighted two country cases and present FAO’s current work in this field.

FAO Webinar Recording: Unpacking food-based dietary guidelines

This webinar provided an overview of food-based dietary guidelines focusing on the following questions:

  • What are national FBDGs? 
  • How have they been traditionally used? 
  • What is their potential use?

The webinar also highlighted some examples of national FBDGs across the world and presented FAO’s current work in this field.

What's Next for SDG Reporting?
Center for Open Data Enterprise

Join the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE) for a webinar on Tuesday, July 30 to celebrate the culmination of its SDG National Reporting Initiative and reflect on lessons learned, emerging priorities, and ways forward for reporting on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Participants will hear from a range of experts on SDG reporting at the global, national and local levels to answer the following questions: What have been the major developments in SDG reporting over the last two years? What are the next emerging priorities for SDG reporting? What are the most important tools and resources available for people working on SDG reporting? Participants will also be able to engage directly with presenters at the end of the webinar through audience polling and live Q&A discussion. Participants will also be able to ask questions from the panelists at the end of the webinar.

Youth Solutions Hub
SDSN Youth

Ever since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, a growing number of solutions-oriented initiatives have sought to provide support to youth-led innovations in business, charity, and education, with the simultaneous objectives of mobilizing youth skills in support of global problem-solving and addressing the challenges young people face in creating and scaling up their projects.

The Youth Solutions Program by SDSN Youth is one of these initiatives. Since the publication of the first edition of the Youth Solutions Report in January 2017, the Program has grown exponentially, quickly becoming a reference point for discussions around the need to build innovation systems that are both youth-inclusive and aligned with the SDGs. As a consequence, the activities of SDSN Youth have been recently expanded with the launch of the Youth Solutions Hub, a multi-stakeholder online community that seeks to facilitate the dissemination of funding and capacity-building opportunities for young innovators, as well as the creation of meaningful partnerships between innovators, experts, investors, and others supporters.

This webinar seeks to introduce the Hub through a lively conversation between the individuals and organizations that have already registered to it, while also giving everyone else the opportunity to provide relevant feedback and inputs for the further development of the community. In particular, the webinar will feature a thorough discussion of the opportunities that are accessible from the Hub, present the wide range of resources and partners that are contributing to its success, and explain the multiple ways in which interested stakeholders can benefit from joining.

The link to the webinar recording can be found here.

SDG Help Desk Webinar

During this webinar, participants are introduced to the SDG Help Desk: its design, service lines, navigation, and content. 
Next, a representative from SDSN Youth delivers an introduction to their organization’s Youth Solutions Program and its partnership with the SDG Help Desk. Following this, two guest speakers are introduced, detailing overlap between their work and UNESCAP's.  

The link to the webinar concept note is found here

To watch the recorded webinar please follow the link here.

For any questions or comments pertaining to the webinar, contact either the SDG Help Desk team at escap-sdghelpdesk@un.org

Webinar Recordings - Addressing agricultural resilience in long term climate planning instruments

The landscape of climate planning instruments available to countries under the UNFCCC process includes National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long Term Strategies (LTS).  These instruments have emerged at different milestones such as the Cancun Adaptation Framework and the Paris Agreement and have specific characteristics and objectives which can contribute to and reinforce each other if leveraged effectively. Despite their very distinctive nature, these national instruments can be harnessed to scale up climate change adaptation by fostering linkages depending upon country context.

Addressing climate resilience in sectors and across sectors is a vital part of climate planning. Adaptation in agriculture is a crucial component of building resilient economies and societies and is national priority for a significant number of countries. It is well established that agricultural sectors are amongst the most climate sensitive. Over 90 percent of developing countries’ NDCs refer to agriculture as a major priority.

The juxtaposition of the range of climate planning instruments on one hand, and the sensitivity of agriculture on the other requires that all instruments be linked, sequenced and aligned appropriately by countries to best fit their national circumstances.

The webinar will draw upon country-level experiences from NAP-Ag partner countries to highlight entry points for alignment and strategies to trigger this conversation. 


SD Talks is a webinar series by UNSSC that features live webinars with high-level speakers and subject-matter experts on issues related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda. SD Talks was conceptualized to create a space that facilitates knowledge-sharing, shapes discussions and furthers dialogue around sustainable development, and which can be accessed by audiences all over the world free of charge.

SD Talks webinars are live and feature a Q&A session at the end of each webinar which gives participants the opportunity to directly engage with the speakers.

Download the SD Talks on iPhone and iPad.

ESCAP-UN Habitat, Webinar 2
UNESCAP & UN Habitat

There are certain irresistible and interlinked forces that will influence growth, development, and change in Asia-Pacific cities in the coming years: GDP growth will continue to be among the highest in the world, population growth will be centred in cities, cities will be the drivers of economic growth (with up to 80% of output depending on them), and cities will be impacted by shocks and stresses (economic, social and environmental). In this regard, the role of the private sector is crucial. At its best, the private sector drives growth and provides jobs that contribute to a greener and more resilient future. However, the private sector can also drive forces that negatively affect people’s lives in the form of land grabs and job/wage insecurity and thus negatively impacts resilience. The contribution of informal workers to the urban economy is often overlooked. In many Asia-Pacific countries, governments have been constraining informal workers, sometimes even under the guise of building resilience. Guiding questions in this webinar are, therefore, how best to leverage the role of the private sector for increasing effective and inclusive resilience in the region’s cities? In particular, are these technocratic solutions (tax, regulations, and incentive structures) or do we need a wholesale re-think of the role of the private sector in Asia’s market economy? Secondly, what can we do to safeguard and support the informal economy – which is often where the poorest are located – to increase the resilience of those who work within it?

Please send any inquiries to: escap-edd-suds@un.org

To view a recording of the webinar, click here.


ESCAP-UN Habitat, Webinar One
UNESCAP & UN Habitat

The smartest cities are often those that build resilience into their planning, design, and structures by leveraging new frontier technologies with enhanced data applications that help to improve long-term decision making and increase the capacities of both systems and people. The webinar seeks to explore the application and distribution of technologies for urban resilience. In particular, it will examine questions of how new and emerging technologies can be utilized to enhance resilience (whether by governments, non-state actors, or citizens), and how evenly and effectively such technologies can be distributed so as to benefit the poorest and most vulnerable. This webinar will also have the co-benefit of supporting the Report’s focus on data and technologies for smart cities being developed in partnership with Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities.

Please send any inquiries to: escap-edd-suds@un.org

To view a recording of the webinar, click here.