SDG 12.1 Reporting for SWITCH-Asia Countries – Connecting the dots between actions and reporting

The EU funded SWITCH-Asia programme has been promoting sustainable and inclusive growth as well as contributing to the economic prosperity; poverty reduction; and the transition towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and circular economy in Asia. Since it was launched in 2007, it has achieved more than a decade of progress on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in 24 countries in the region.

Properly reporting that progress is important in order to follow up on strong commitments and policies contributing to SCP as well as to encourage cooperation on SCP and to highlight the progress achieved. Connecting the dots between actions and reporting is therefore the next big step towards a region with sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, is the SDG focus on SCP. The first target under SDG 12 (SDG 12.1) is reporting on the national implementation of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP), established at Rio+20 in 2012. This target is a very comprehensive target and covers different national SCP policies and instruments.

One Planet Network, a multi-stakeholder partnership for sustainable development formed to implement the commitment of the 10 YFP, has opened a process of reporting which represents a perfect opportunity for countries benefited from SWITCH-Asia activities to report on SDG 12.1. To facilitate that process, One Planet has developed an online reporting platform, which all 10YFP NFPs will be using to submit their country’s official report on SDG12.1.

FAO Webinar - What’s in a message? The science and art of FBDGs messages

This webinar is centered on the communication and creative aspects of the food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) development process, that is “the creation of the consumer-based messages”, where the presenters will tackle some of the mentioned gaps by focusing on the following questions:

  • What are FBDGs messages? (purpose, uses, guidance principles and processes)
  • What are the lessons learned and main challenges in developing and testing FBDGs messages in LMICs? (regional experiences from Africa and Latin America)
  • What is FAO doing to capitalize on these lessons learned and to address the existing gaps?

This is the fourth of a series of six webinars on FBDGs organized by the Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Team of FAO.

Tune in on Tuesday, November 26 at 15:30-17:00 GMT +1

ReliefWeb Webinars

ReliefWeb is the leading humanitarian information source on global crises and disasters. It is a specialized digital service of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

We provide reliable and timely information, enabling humanitarian workers to make informed decisions and to plan effective response. We collect and deliver key information, including the latest reports, maps and infographics from trusted sources.

ReliefWeb is also a valuable resource for job listings and training programs, helping humanitarians build new skills and discover exciting new career opportunities.

Diet Modelling in the Development of Food-Based Dietary Guidelines

In this webinar, we explore the potential of diet modelling for LMIC, focusing on the following questions:

  • What is diet modelling/diet optimization? What are its applications?
  • How does diet modelling fit in with the FAO process for developing FBDGs? (Introduction to the FAO diet modelling package for FBDGs)
  • What has been a country experience with diet modelling for FBDGs using the FAO package?

The webinar introduces the FAO diet modelling package for FBDGs, and highlight the experience of using the package in Zambia.

This is the third of a series of six webinars on FBDGs organized by the Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Team of FAO

To view a recording of the webinar, click here


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