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 or Christian Mortelliti at christian.mortelliti@un.org

Soft measures for SDG 3 Good health and well-being - Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Applying general policy interventions and having the newest technology is essential but not enough for an effective behavioural change towards a more sustainable future. Policies and technology provides tools for sustainable change. However, the way of people using it depends a lot on how applicable it is. Connecting policy and technology to actual people, bringing it to their daily lives, overcoming their fears and prejudices, meeting their expectations and understanding the decision making process is integral part of the desired change. Hence, during this Learning Activity integrated approach encompassing soft and hard measures for achieving good health and well-being will be introduced.

Additional to the group discussions and working on the topics, guest speakers will share their knowledge and experiences, and give impulses for wider discussions and reflection.

Partner XWhy will host a webinar SDG3 on 6th of February. Register here!

SDG1 No poverty - End poverty in all its forms everywhere

No poverty is the number one goal according to the United Nation Development Programme.

Eradicating poverty in all its forms remains one of the greatest challenges facing humanity and essential for social inclusion. While the number of people living in extreme poverty dropped by more than half between 1990 and 2015 – from 1.9 billion to 836 million – too many are still struggling for the most basic human needs.

Globally, more than 800 million people are still living on less than 1.15 EUR a day, many lacking access to adequate food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid economic growth in some countries has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to live in poverty than men due to unequal access to paid work, education and property. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty. 

Partner LatConsul will host a webinar SDG1 on 6th of February. Register here!

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. 

Partners for Review

When the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015, UN member states pledged to commit to ‘a robust, voluntary, effective, participatory, transparent and integrated follow-up and review process at the national, regional and global levels’. While national reviews are state-led and voluntary, the engagement of stakeholders from civil society, academia and the private sector is highly encouraged. So far, the participation of civil society organizations and business actors has generally been more prominent, both in actual practice and in the discourse about stakeholder engagement, compared to the participation of academia.

The webinar is jointly organized by Partners for Review and the International Science Council. It will focus on the meaningful participation of academia in national SDG review: What can scientific actors contribute to the national review of the 2030 Agenda? What has been the experience so far with the participation of representatives from the scientific community in VNRs? Which factors have made this participation more or less meaningful?

UNSSC Webinars

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.

SociSDG Webinar

Goal 10 calls for reducing inequalities in income as well as those based on age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status within a country. The Goal also addresses inequalities among countries, including those related to representation, migration and development assistance.

The income inequality has been on the rise, with the richest 10 percent earning up to 40 percent of total global income. The poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 percent and 7 percent of total global income. In developing countries, inequality has increased by 11 percent if we take into account the growth of population.

Income inequality is a global problem that requires global solutions. This involves improving the regulation and monitoring of financial markets and institutions, encouraging development assistance and foreign direct investment to regions where the need is greatest. Facilitating the safe migration and mobility of people is also key to bridging the widening divide.

This webinar provides information about reducing inequalities and it is scheduled for November 8th. The webinar is organized by project partner Kaleidoscope Futures, who is focusing on SDG 10. To register, follow the link here.

SociSDG Webinar

Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also crucial to accelerating sustainable development. It has been proven time and again, that empowering women and girls has a multiplier effect, and helps drive up economic growth and development across the board.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment have advanced in recent decades. Girls’ access to education has improved, the rate of child marriage declined and progress was made in the area of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, including fewer maternal deaths. More girls are now in school compared to 15 years ago, and most regions have reached gender parity in primary education. Women now make up to 41 percent of paid workers outside of agriculture, compared to 35 percent in 1990.

Affording women equal rights to economic resources such as land and property are vital targets to realizing this goal. So is ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health. Today there are more women in public office than ever before, but encouraging women leaders will help strengthen policies and legislation for greater gender equality.

This webinar is organized by project partner Materahub, who has SDG 5 in focus. To register, follow the link here.

This webinar is organized by project partner Materahub, who has SDG 5 in focus. To register, follow the link here.

Leading, transforming, and succeeding: The business implications of sustainability
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Thanks to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we have a clear and comprehensive agenda for global development towards 2030, representing an unprecedented opportunity to put society on a truly sustainable and equitable pathway. For its part, the Paris Agreement is a major step forward by all governments of the world to safeguard the future of life on our planet. The agreement heralds a new relationship between governments, business and other non-state actors to work together to accelerate the transition to a thriving, clean economy with equitable access to sustainable development for all. Put simply, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement signal the need for a deep change in the way our economies work, and in the way our energy, mobility, urbanization, food and social systems contribute to planetary and societal well-being.

WBCSD advocates that business has a leading role to play as the world embarks upon this vital journey. In fact, forward-looking companies are not only integrating sustainability at the core of their strategy, decision-making, and disclosures; as long-standing masters of innovation, they are also ideally positioned to become the implementation partner of choice to capture opportunities across systems change. At the same time, businesses need to redefine their conception of “value” to go beyond traditional financial terms. It is only by taking this integrated approach that we will create a socially, environmentally and economically successful future.

To join the webinar, please send an e-mail to segreteria@csrmanagernetwork.it
and follow the instructions below on October 29th at 11am

Topic: webinar WBCSD
Host: CSR Manager Network
Date and Time:
Monday, October 29, 2018 11:00 am, Europe Time (Brussels, GMT+01:00)
Event number: 843 303 292
Event password: 301268

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.