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SDGs Learning, Training & Practice

The meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2018, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Monday, 9 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Monday, 16 July, to Wednesday, 18 July 2018.

The theme will be "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies". The set of goals to be reviewed in depth will be the following, including Goal 17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, that will be considered each year:

  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  • Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • Goal 12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

The Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are organizing the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice - a series of capacity building and knowledge workshops, featuring speakers and experts from academia and other sectors on crucial topics related to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The SDGs Learning, Training & Practice workshops aims to advance:

  • Knowledge and skills acquisition
  • Networking
  • Sharing experiences and peer to peer collaboration
  • Learning about practical actions and best practices
  • Capacity building
  • Practical policy integration and coherence

Schedule and location

The SDGs Learning, Training & Practice sessions will offer 9 different sessions, taking place between 9 - 13 July 2018, in Conference Room 5, at United Nations Headquarters, New York. Each course will last three hours with morning sessions from 10am to 1pm and afternoon sessions from 3 pm to 6 pm. The courses will run in parallel to the HLPF formal meetings. All materials used will be the responsibility of the organizers.

Monday, 9 July

10.00 AM - 11.30 AM

Monitoring peace, evaluating institutions, building capacity: A data-driven conversation on SDG 16 and its upcoming 2019 review

Organized by UNITAR & IDEA

11.30 AM - 01.00 PM

SDGS on a local level

Organized by UNITAR

3.00 PM - 6.00 PM

Practical Tools to Localize and Implement the SDG11 and the New Urban Agenda in Cities in the Developing World

Organized by UN-HABITAT

Tuesday, 10 July

10.00 AM - 01.00 PM

Effective tools employed by Major Groups and other Stakeholders in the 2030 Agenda implementation, follow-up and review

Organized by Major Groups and other Stakeholders

  • Abibimman Foundation
  • Centre for International Sustainable Development Law
  • Women's Health and Education Center (WHEC)
  • World Family Organization and UNAPMIF
  • World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)

3.00 PM - 6.00 PM

What's needed to make capacity building for SDG 7 truly effective?

Organized by IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency)

Wednesday, 11 July

10.00 AM - 11.30 AM

Leveraging innovative partnerships with higher education institutions towards sustainable and resilient societies

Organized by Higher Education Sustainability Initiative

  • Harvard University
  • Kazakh National Agrarian University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  • PERL
  • University of Bergen, Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Sao Paulo
  • Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences

11.30 AM - 01.00 PM

Student engagement towards realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Organized by Higher Education Sustainability Initiative

  • International Council for Adult Education
  • The SDG Accord: Collaborations for change - how to unite universities and colleges to the SDG cause
  • The Global University System (GUS)
  • Sulitest

10.00 AM - 01.00 PM
(Conference Room 2724)

Capacity-Building for the 2030 Agenda: The Role of Civil Servants in a Multi-Stakeholder Environment

United Nations System Staff College Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development (UNSSC) and German Development Institute (DIE)

3.00 PM - 6.00 PM

Supporting an integrated implementation of the SDGs: Tools for addressing SDG connections and enhancing policy and institutional coherence

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Thursday, 12 July

10.00 AM - 01.00 PM

Leaving no one behind: Sharing Major Groups and other Stakeholders good practices for an inclusive implementation of the 2030 Agenda

Organized by Major Groups and other Stakeholders

  • Plan International
  • Tebtebba Foundation on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples' Major Group
  • Global Platform for the Right to the City

10.00 AM - 01.00 PM
(Conference room S2727)

Systems-thinking and policy planning for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SDG12): learning for impact across Agenda 2030

Organized by UNEP

3.00 PM - 6.00 PM

Participatory Approaches to Sanitation: Learning from Bangladesh

Organized by Bangladesh

3.00 PM - 6.00 PM
(Conference room S2727)

Leveraging Mobile to Achieve SDGs

Organized by GSMA

Friday, 13 July

10.00 AM - 01.00 PM

Advancing the 2030 Agenda in a Context of Uncertainty - The use of Strategic Foresight for Adaptive and Future-Ready SDG Strategies

Organized by UNDP Global Centre for Public Service Excellence

3.00 PM - 6.00 PM

Using trade as a motor for achievement of the SDGs

Organized by UNCTAD

Thematic focus

Sessions will cover themes and issues directly relevant to supporting countries and other stakeholders to implement the set of SDGs agreed for in-depth discussions at the 2018 HLPF.

Output

Each course should result in an online course module with relevant training material, put together in consultation with the HLPF Secretariat.

Selection criteria and deadline

Accredited and registered entities interested in organizing a SDGs Learning, Training & Practice session during the 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development may submit a proposal.

Direct link to application form: https://goo.gl/Qk3S3Y

Selection of the courses will be based on their merit, relevance to the HLPF theme and SDGs indicated above, expertise of the organizers, and willingness to produce the desired output. There is no fee for submission or approval of proposals of courses.

Course proposals should be submitted not later than 1 March 2018. Selected course proposals will be notified by 16 April 2018.

Audience

The sessions will be open to all participants attending HLPF. A registration form will be available for each course.

Logistical arrangements (information for organizers)

Conference Room 5 in the UN Secretariat building has been reserved for the SDGs Learning, Training & Practice sessions, which is aptly conducive to dynamic, interactive and candid instruction and dialogue. The room will contain the necessary equipment (screen, projector, microphones, Wi-Fi) to facilitate PowerPoint, videos and/or similar presentations. It accommodates a maximum of X participants. Small tables are available at the sides of the room for the display and distribution of relevant materials. Please be advised that food and drinks are not allowed in the room. Interpretation will not be provided. Any costs associated with the organization of courses approved will be the responsibility of the organizers.

Contact

Mr. Ola Goransson
Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Email: goranssono@un.org

Mr. Pelayo Alvarez
United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Email: pelayo.alvarez@unitar.org

SDGs Learning, Training & Practice
UNITAR
9 - 13 July 2018
Conference Room 5, UNHQ
Application process closed. Course organizers will be notified by 16 April 2018

Selection of courses will be based on their merit, relevance to the HLPF theme and SDGs under review, expertise of the organizers, and willingness to produce the desired output. There is no fee for submission or approval of proposals of courses.