Webinars

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
UNESCAP

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.

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UNESCAP

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
thinkstep

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!

Webinar Series on Stakeholder Engagement
UNESCAP

Stakeholder engagement is at the very heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In order for the SDGs to truly be successful, governments must work with diverse sectors of society to ensure that all stakeholders are included in the process of implementing, monitoring, and reviewing policies related to sustainable development. UNESCAP, in partnership with IAP2, has been working to help build the capacity of governments in the Asia-Pacific region so they can engage key national stakeholders towards the successful realization of the 2030 Agenda in their respective countries.

As part of these efforts, a series of webinars will be produced as to provide further technical support to governments, stakeholders, and others in the region. Each webinar will help increase knowledge of participation and ensure a better understanding of the mechanisms and means of meaningful engagement. The series will be divided into several modules, each 60 minutes l ong. The modules themselves will cover a variety of themes and the first will be An Introduction to Stakeholder Engagement in the 2030 Agenda .

For more information, please contact Christopher Dekki (dekki@un.org).

How South-South Cooperation contributes to achieving the SDG 6 of ensuring access of all to clean water and sanitation?
UNICEF, IPC-IG and UNOSSC

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.

Assessment of capacity development needs of the countries in Asia and the Pacific for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14
UNESCAP

Sustainable Development Goal 14 aims to aims to conserve and sustainably use the ocean, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The increasingly adverse impacts of climate change -including ocean acidification-, overfishing and marine pollution are jeopardizing recent gains in protecting the ocean. Against this backdrop, ESCAP resolution E/ESCAP/RES/72/9 requested the secretariat, inter alia, to undertake an assessment of capacity development needs of the countries in Asia and the Pacific for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14.

Responding to this request, ESCAP undertook an assessment to gain a better understanding of the capacity development needs in relation to SDG 14 in Asia and the Pacific and to help inform ESCAP’s work in this area. The assessment was undertaken through an online survey, a pilot case study, desk based research and telephone interviews. A webinar was organized to present the findings of this assessment.

Integrated Monitoring of Water and Sanitation Related SDG 6 Targets - GEMI Webinars
UN Water, UN Environment, UNEP-DHI and Cap-Net UNDP

UN Environment is the custodian for the following targets:

6.3.2 on Ambient Water Quality
6.5.1 on Integrated Water Resources Management
6.6.1 on Water-related ecosystems
 
UN Water, UN Environment, and UNEP-DHI elaborated a series of "Step-by-Step monitoring methodologies" for these three targets.

In collaboration with Cap-Net UNDP, a series of webinars will take place to encourage countries to take notice of the guides for practical implementation of monitoring and reporting on indicators and targets.

In addition to being available in English, all materials will be translated to Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish. For each of the three targets technical seminars will be organized on the Cap-Net Virtual Campus in the relevant languages and time zones.

Participants of these webinars will be contacted by invitation and informed about the respective webinar considering language and time zone.

thinking circular
Thinking Circular

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!

Not able to join? Register for the webinar and receive the presentation slides as well as the recording via email shortly after the session.