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#HLPF2016 Side event: Learning and capacity building as inclusive enablers for Agenda 2030

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to join us in a side-event during the HLPF on July 12. We are looking forward to seeing you.

UNSSC AND SDSN ASSOCIATION WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE SDGS LEARNING, TRAINING AND PRACTICE SESSIONS at the HLPF 2016                                                                                                                                 

“We need to try to build in the capabilities that are necessary for whole of society’s support for development action” David Nabarro, Special Advisor Sustainable Development, January 2016.

On July 12, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), together with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Association, will deliver a session on Learning and capacity building as inclusive enablers for Agenda 2030.

If people are to do things differently, they need to know what really sits behind the Agenda, why it is important and what changes are required compared to the way development was approached in the past. Learning and capacity building are key for people and institutions to internalize the substance of the new agenda and engage with new ways of delivering it jointly.

The joint session will explore core learning necessary for different groups to engage with the agenda, ways to delivering learning, looking at traditional and nontraditional approaches, as well as formal and non-formal methods and new partnerships and thirdly ways to rendering learning and capacity building inclusive to leave no one behind.

The session will introduce the SDSN Stakeholder Guide on getting started with the SDGs. It will also receive inputs from the Volunteer Groups Alliance, a network made up of organisations involved in volunteering in local, national and international contexts, in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Under the aegis of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the series of SDG Learning, Training and Practice sessions will take place from 11 to 15 July 2016, on the margin of the United Nations High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). The High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development is the United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. The HLPF in 2016 is the first since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The session will include voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, including cross-cutting issues, supported by reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other inter-governmental bodies and forums. In addition to the SDG Learning sessions, it will also include a range of side events and a Partnership Exchange event.

The joint delivery of this training session represents one of the many learning activities the UNSSC and SDSN Association are committed to carry out through the partnership between the two institutions. Both the UNSSC and the SDSN Association understand that learning and training opportunities are key components for advancing the new agenda. Continuous learning will ensure that all stakeholders are always prepared to work together and jointly achieve sustainable development by 2030.

In view of this, this session will address, among others, the following concerns: what is the core learning stakeholders need to acquire to understand the Agenda 2030 and be fit to address implementation and partnership challenges? How can this learning be imparted and who are the key actors to ensure transmission to the wider population through formal and informal approaches? Which strategies can we use to successfully engage all populations in SDG implementation and to leave no one behind?

The Session takes place on July 12, 2016 from 10am – 1pm at the United Nations headquarters, Conference Room E, in New York City.

Speakers will include:

  • Ms Megan Cassidy, Director Operations, SDSN Association
  • Ms Simona Costanzo-Sow, UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development
  • Mr Ugo Caruso, UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development
  • Mr. Helge Espe (Senior Advisor FK Norway, Member of the Norwegian Delegation to the HLPF and representative of the Volunteer Groups Alliance

The event will be open to registered HLPF participants, policymakers, representatives from the Un system, as well as representatives from major groups and other stakeholders with access to the UN complex. If this training is of your interest, please register here. For more information, please contact us at sustainable-development@unssc.org. You may also download the flyer here.

Best regards,



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20 July 2016: HLPF side event on the Contribution of Supreme Audit Institutions to Ensuring that No One Is Left Behind in SDG Implementation




2016 HLPF: Letter from the ECOSOC President and possible modalities for the HLPF programme

From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Date: Wed, May 11, 2016
Subject: 2016 HLPF: Letter from the ECOSOC President and possible modalities for the HLPF programme
To: HLPF Working Group <hlpf-working-group@googlegroups.com>

Dear All,

Please find attached, for your information as well please, a letter from the President of ECOSOC regarding the 2016 HLPF and an accompanying note on possible modalities for the forum in both pdf. and word format. The documents are also posted on our website at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf. We would welcome any comments you may have on the modalities by cob Wednesday, 18 May, which we will then be pleased to transmit to the Office of the President. Please send any comments to Isabela Cunha at (cunhai@un.org), with a copy to me at (tahtinen@un.org).

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tähtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org

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ECOSOC President Letter_Modalities for 2016 HLPF






UN DESA Voice January 2016: Mr. Wu on new 2030 Agenda, Economic trends, UN ECOSOC turns 70

Newsletter of the United Nations Department of Economic and  Social AffairsPrint version
Volume 20, No.1 – January 2016


Milestone achievements for a better world

“It was the first time in human history that we as human beings reached consensus on the future of development,” UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General Wu Hongbo said, commenting on the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an interview with UN DESA Voice. Mr. Wu shared his views on the many positive results achieved and on the work that now lies ahead.




Speakers selected for 21 April UN PGA’s High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs

UNGLS PicsPresident of the United Nations General Assembly’s 

High-level Thematic Debate on
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

21 April 2016
Civil Society and Academia Speakers Selected
On Thursday, 21 April 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the President of the UN General Assembly H.E. Mogens Lykketoft will convene aHigh-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) to support prompt and inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Thematic Debate will feature a panel discussion on “Action at all levels,” which will focus on national responses to implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This panel will include three speakers from civil society and one from academia. At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, UN DESA and UN-NGLS facilitated an open and participatory process to identify these speakers. A Stakeholder Selection Committee reviewed nearly 250 applications received, and agreed a short list of candidates to submit to the President of the UN General Assembly.
The four speakers selected to participate in the event are:
Ms. Vanessa Rosemary Anyoti - World Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) - Tanzania
Mr. Thauan dos Santos - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
More information about the selection process is available here.
Thank you to all who applied, and to the members of the Stakeholder Selection Committee for contributing their time and expertise.
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United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), 1 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017




Ed. Caucus High-Level Speaker – Provisional Agenda May 5th – High-Level Thematic Debate “Strengthening Cooperation Between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations

Dear Community of Educators,
Attached is a copy of the Provisional Agenda for May 4, 2015 for the High-Level Thematic Debate on “Strengthening Cooperation between the United Nations and Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations”, Trusteeship Council Chamber.
See Interactive panel 2, 4:35 p.m. – 5:50 p.m., there you will find Mr. Ali Shahbaz, UN SD Education Caucus member.  If you are attending these early May meetings, we invite you to attend and give Ali your support.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs



Apply to speak during UN PGA’s 29 June High-level Climate Change Event

Apply to speak or serve on the civil society Selection Committee for the President of the UN General Assembly’s 
29 June 2015 
High-level Event on Climate Change

On 29 June 2015, the President of the United Nations General Assembly (PGA), H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, will host a High-level Event on Climate Change at UN Headquarters in New York to highlight the world’s leading initiatives on tackling this global challenge. Government, private sector, and civil society leaders will show that momentum is building toward an ambitious global agreement at the climate change negotiations in December 2015 in Paris.

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly, UN-NGLS is leading a process to find three speakers from civil society for the 29 June High-level Event. We invite you to share your story of successful local climate action to help inspire the world to achieve a more sustainable path, enabling economic opportunity, equality, and a healthy environment for all.

Apply now for one of three speaking opportunities or to serve on the civil society Selection Committee for this event: 
Application Deadlines
12 May for Selection Committee  
17 May for Speakers 
The event will be webcast and is likely to attract considerable media attention.
The outcome of the event will be a President’s summary, which will be circulated to all UN Member States andstakeholders.

For updates, please follow the social media accounts below.
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Susan Alzner
Officer in Charge, New York Office
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
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Welcome to UNDESA DSPD e-Discussion on “Rethinking and strengthening social development in a contemporary world”


UNDESA DSPD e-Discussion https://www.unteamworks.org/csocd54

As part of the preparation for the 54th session of the Commission for Social Development (February 2016), the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) is organizing an electronic dialogue (E-dialogue) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 6 – 24 April 2015.

The three-week E-dialogue will focus on the following three themes:
Week 1 (6 – 10 April): Strengthening social development: What will it take?
Week 2 (13 – 17 April): Social policy: new trends and challenges
Week 3 (20 – 24 April): Social development and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda
Please visit: https://www.unteamworks.org/csocd54 to access E-dialogue website.


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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) – Empowering Youth for Sustainabl​e Islands

FYI… Please share with your friends and colleagues, Michael Boampong <mboampong@gmail.com>

What role will youth representatives have at the upcoming UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa on 1-4 September? Find out by tuning in to aGoogle+ Hangout on 24 July 3:30pm EDT with Conference Secretary-General Wu Hongbo on ‘Samoa 2014: Empowering Youth for Sustainable Islands’.

You can also share your question for Mr. Wu and the panel of youth representatives which will join him by using ‪#‎islands2014‬ on Twitter!

Get all the event details here: http://bit.ly/islandhangout



DESA News July 2014: Islands 2014, ECOSOC, Urbanizati​on trends

July 2014 – Vol. 18, No. 7 | Print version

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