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.


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!