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.

Webinar Series on Stakeholder Engagement

There are many elements to the institutionalization of engagement, to make public participation effective, meaningful, and inclusive.  Despite this, institutionalization of engagement requires a social and political embrace of people’s participation in decision-making, where stakeholders are seen as partners in governance, and the democratic process moves beyond elections every few years.  This is especially true in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which makes clear that stakeholders are central to the success of the SDGs. 

This installment of the webinar series will provide insights into the institutionalization of stakeholder engagement, what is required, how it works, and tie it back to the larger 2030 Agenda and voluntary national review (VNR) process.

All are invited to participate, especially representatives of governments and civil society organizations engaged in sustainable development work.

For a recording, information on the previous module, and other items related to the webinar, please refer to the link here.


The process of formulating the 2030 Agenda was one of the most inclusive in the history of intergovernmental negotiations at the UN. It certainly lived up to the legacy of Agenda 21, and the precedents it set for ensuring that all stakeholders in society are included in the work of creating, implementing, and reviewing sustainable development policy. As the world moves quickly towards the year 2030 and the sustainability deadlines set by the agenda, it is critical that governments and stakeholders work together in partnership to further ensure progress is made on achieving the goals and targets of the framework.

This first installment of the webinar series will provide an introduction to stakeholder engagement in the 2030 Agenda, a bit of history, and specific references to the sections and text of the agenda where stakeholder engagement plays a particularly important role. Participants will gain knowledge of key concepts related to stakeholder participation in formulating, implementing, and reviewing policies related to sustainable development and the SDGs, and obtain a better understanding of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) process.

For a recording, summary, and other items related to the webinar, please refer to the link here.

Circular Economy policies - Tackling Your Strategy

Global challenges and new legislation have forced companies to rethink their material resource strategies. You need integrative concepts for supply chains and material flows (design and systems thinking).

In our Webinar, gain insights into… 

  • the UN Circularity Gap Report and EU Circular Economy Package.
  • public discussion about rules and legislation.
  • the rising pressure on resource strategies.
  • how to monitor legislation.
  • adjusting your material resource strategy.
  • addressing c-level management on strategic questions.

Register for this webinar and find out how to convince your management to take further steps toward sustainability and circular economy. In joining forces, the founder of Thinking Circular, Eveline Lemke, and thinkstep will help you construct new business cases and enter new innovation platforms. Ready yourself to change games!

How South-South Cooperation contributes to achieving the SDG 6 of ensuring access of all to clean water and sanitation?

The webinar on How South-South Cooperation contributes to achieving the SDG 6 of ensuring access of all to clean water and sanitation?, held on 24th of May 2018, discussed how South-South Cooperation (SSC) contributed to achieving the SDG 6, focused on ensuring decent access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for all. The webinar, the first in a series of thematic webinars planned this year, was organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG), and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

Panellists were Samuel Godfrey, Chief, Water Supply Section, Ethiopia. Anna Maria Graziano, Project Manager, The Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC). Mário Augusto Parente Monteiro, State Regulation Agency of Ceará, Brazil. Irene Amongin, WASH Specialist, UNICEF NYHQ. The event was moderated by Ian Thorpe, Chief, Knowledge Exchange, UNICEF NYHQ.