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From inspiration to action: Multi-stakeholder engagement for implementation
In line with paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda (A/RES/70/1) and paragraphs 14 and 15 of General Assembly Resolution 67/290 (A/RES/67/290), this session offers major groups and other stakeholders an opportunity to “report on their contribution to the implementation of the Agenda” and speak to the topics of the HLPF. It is organised in collaboration with the HLPF Coordination Mechanism of the major groups and other Stakeholders pursuant to paragraph 16 of General Assembly Resolution 67/290.

The programme will be structured around two focused sessions that will each feature interventions by representatives of Major Groups and other Stakeholders as lead discussants and responses from Member States and other interventions from the floor covering a) experiences of Major Groups and other Stakeholders in implementing the 2030 Agenda in the first year, and b) collaborative approaches that they have adopted at the national level, including the national review processes.

Chair: H.E. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations.
Moderator: Barbara Adams, Global Policy Forum
Lead Discussants: 12 lead discussants (speaking max. 5 minutes each)
Respondents: A number of Member States will be invited as respondents in each session

Proposed programme

  • 10:00 - 10:05 Opening remarks by the Chair
  • 10:05 - 10:10 Welcoming remarks by moderator
  • 10:10 - 11:40 “Ensuring that no one is left behind – the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by major groups and other stakeholders”

Possible questions for discussion:
  1. What activities have been implemented by your organisation towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?
  2. What would be one ‘best practice’ approach that you found useful in your setting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
  3. How has your collaborative relationship with the government improved the planning and implementation of the SDGs at the national or local level?

11:40 -12:25 “Multi-stakeholder approaches at the National level – the opportunity to enhance follow up and review by engaging major groups and other stakeholders”:

Possible questions for discussion:
  1. How can major groups and other stakeholders successfully and meaningfully contribute to the global and national level reviews of SDGs?
  2. What are the added value of major groups and other stakeholders in the national implementation, follow up and review of the SDGs?
  3. How can we ensure that Major Groups and other Stakeholders have the resources and capacity to participate effectively at the national level?

  • 12:25 – 12:55 pm General Exchange of Views
  • 12:55 -13:00 pm Closing Remarks by the Chair

Chair:
  • H.E. Mr. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN and Vice President of ECOSOC

Moderator:
  • Ms. Barbara Adams, Senior Policy Advisor at the Global Policy Forum

10:10-11:40am

Discussion on “Ensuring that no one is left behind – the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by major groups and other stakeholders”

Lead discussants:
  • H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations; Chief Negotiator of the Outcome Document of the Second High-level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation
  • Mr. Berry Vbranovic, Mayor of the City of Kitchener

Respondent:
  • Ms. Norma Munguia Aldaraca, Director General for Global Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico

Lead discussants:
  • Ms. Joan Carling, Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
  • Ms. Yvonne Harz-Pitre, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the International Fertilizer Industry Association

Respondent:
  • H.E. Amb. Sarah Mendelson, U.S. Representative on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations

Lead discussants:
  • Mr. Marco Marzano de Marinis, Secretary General of the World Farmers’ Organisation
  • Mr. Alok Rath, Country Director Uganda and South Sudan of VSO International
  • Ms. Frances Zainoeddin, Board Director of Gray Panthers

Respondents:
  • H.E. Mr. Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the United Nations

11:40am-12:25pm

Discussion on “Multistakeholder approaches at the National level – the opportunity to enhance follow up and review by engaging major groups and other stakeholders”

Lead discussants:
  • Ms. Mabel Bianco, President of Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer
  • Ms. Yetnebersh Nigussie, Senior Advocate at Light for the World

Respondents:
  • Ms. Harriet Ludwig, Deputy Head of Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the German Federal Government

Lead discussants:
  • Ms. Annisa Tryanti, Focal Point on Disaster Risk Reduction at the UN Major Group on Children and Youth
  • Ms. Antonia Wulff, Coordinator at Education International

Respondents:
  • H.E. Amb. Carlos Sergio Sobral Duarte, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations

Lead discussants:
  • Mr. Guéladio Cissé, Member of the Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science of the International Council for Science at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Respondents:
  • Mr. Inge Herman Rydland, Special Representative on the 2030 Agenda, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
Biographies
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau
Co-Facilitator of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations
H.E. Mr. Macharia Kamau

Co-Facilitator of the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations

Macharia Kamau is the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kenyan Mission to the United Nations. Along with the Irish Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr. Kamau is the cofacilitator for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and was the co-chair of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Mr. Alok Rath
Country Director Uganda and South Sudan of VSO International
Mr. Alok Rath

Country Director Uganda and South Sudan of VSO International

A career spanning over twenty five years in research, teaching and international development with progressively senior management roles and work experience in International development organisations such as VSO, Save the Children, Action Aid, and GTZ (Project). Alok has managed and led large-scale programmes in both development as well as humanitarian contexts including the Indian Ocean Tsunami (2004) and the East Africa Drought and Famine (2011/12). He has travelled extensively and been exposed to development contexts in countries such as India, Nepal, Afghanistan, UK, Egypt, Kenya-Somalia, Rwanda and currently in Uganda-South Sudan. Working with a range of primary actors, local civil society partners, other stakeholders, donors, and governments have helped him deepen his understanding of the structural causes of poverty, discrimination and marginalization and thereby contribute to influence of a number of complex policy and strategic positions in which the rights of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and poorest are expected to be realized. Dr. Rath has a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology with special interest in the interplay and mutual influence of social structures, economic organisations and ecological dynamics.

Mr. Berry Vbranovic
Mayor of the City of Kitchener
Mr. Berry Vbranovic

Mayor of the City of Kitchener

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and understands the challenges of immigrant families and the issues facing the thousands of Canadians making Kitchener their new home. Berry attended St. Jerome's High School and is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA in political science and a diploma in business administration. Berry's outgoing and personable style has contributed to his election to serve as a councillor for six consecutive terms of council, from 1994-2014. He co-founded the Chicopee Outreach Program (COPS), a unique mentoring program linking at-risk youth with police, fire and community mentors. In 2014, Berry ran for the elected office of mayor and with an outpouring of community support was successful. He is committed to improving the quality of life for residents in Kitchener and throughout the Region of Waterloo.

Mr. Guéladio Cissé
Head of the Ecosystem Health Sciences Unit at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute
Mr. Guéladio Cissé

Head of the Ecosystem Health Sciences Unit at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Guéladio Cissé is sanitary engineer and environmental epidemiology researcher, currently research professor and head of the ecosystem health sciences unit in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, an institute of the University of Basel. He holds a specialization in sanitary engineering, a master in environmental sciences, a PhD in sanitary engineering and a certificate of advanced studies in disaster risks reduction. His work experience over almost 30 years includes successive positions as head of a national service for hygiene and sanitation in a central government ministry of health, professor and head of the sanitary engineering department in an international engineering school, regional coordinator for an international program on sustainable development and global change, and director general of a regional Swiss center for scientific research.

Mr. Marco Marzano de Marinis
Secretary General of the World Farmers’ Organisation
Mr. Marco Marzano de Marinis

Secretary General of the World Farmers’ Organisation

Dr. Marco Marzano de Marinis is the Secretary General of the World Farmers Organisation, an international Organisation defending the interest of farmers and the rural community worldwide. In his previous professional experiences he has worked for: the World Intellectual Property Organization, a specialized Agency of United Nations based in Geneva, Switerland. the European Commission DG Internal Market, Brussels; and DG Enterprise (IPR Helpdesk, Project), Alicante; and within the legal department of the International Trade Center (UNCTAD/WTO). He is a qualified attorney; and he is professor of IP at the Faculty of International Studies of the Second University of Naples “Federico Secondo”, and at the Faculty of Law of the University of Rome “ Tor Vergata”. He also teaches Business Management of Intellectual Property at the University of Technology of Panama.

Ms Frances Zainoeddin
Board Director of Gray Panthers
Ms Frances Zainoeddin

Board Director of Gray Panthers

Ms. Frances Zainoeddin left Australia in 1970 to work at the United Nations, New York, initially in the Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and ended her career, 31 years later, as Deputy Budget Director of the United Nations Programme Planning and Budget Division. Upon retirement, she joined the NGO community in order to further promote the ideals of the United Nations, with specific interest in gender and ageing issues. She is currently an elected Member-at-Large of the NGO Committee on Ageing and is also a member of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women. Ms. Zainoeddin, was a key participant in the establishment of the Stakeholder Group on Ageing in 2013 and was actively engaged in the United Nations intergovernmental negotiations leading up to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring inclusion of the concerns of older persons.

Ms. Annisa Tryanti
Focal Point on Disaster Risk Reduction at the UN Major Group on Children and Youth
Ms. Annisa Tryanti

Focal Point on Disaster Risk Reduction at the UN Major Group on Children and Youth

Annisa Triyanti is originally from Indonesia. She is currently the Focal point for UN MGCY Youth Science-Policy Interface Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Furthermore, she is involved in both SDGs and DRR related processes with extensive fieldwork experience. Since 2012, she is employed as a junior lecturer at the Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Indonesia. She is currently working on her PhD project at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)-University of Amsterdam, Department of Geography, Planning, and International Development, started in 2014. Her current PhD research topic focuses on coastal disaster governance in Indonesia and India.

Ms. Barbara Adams
Senior Policy Advisor at the Global Policy Forum
Ms. Barbara Adams

Senior Policy Advisor at the Global Policy Forum

Barbara Adams is Chair of the Board of Global Policy Forum, and serves as a Senior Policy Advisor. Barbara Adams was trained as an economist in the UK, worked as Executive Director of the Manitoba Council for International Affairs in Canada and has undertaken development programming in Uruguay. She served as Deputy Coordinator of the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) and head of its UN headquarters office through the period of the UN global conferences of the 1990s. From 2003–2008 she worked for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Barbara Adams has authored and co-authored many articles, reports and books on the UN and multilateral issues, including Accounting for Africa at the United Nations: A Guide for Non-Governmental Organizations; Putting Gender on the Agenda: A Guide to Participating in UN World Conferences; Climate Justice in a Changing World, co-authored with Gretchen Luchsinger, Reclaiming Multilateralism for People, Rights and Sustainable Development, Whose Development, Whose UN? and Fit for Whose Purpose?, co-authored with Jens Martens.

Ms. Joan Carling
Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
Ms. Joan Carling

Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

Joan Carling is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines. She has been working on indigenous issues at the grassroots to international levels for more than 20 years. Her field of expertise includes human rights, sustainable development, environment, and climate change. She has been also been actively engaging in international bodies, processes and mechanisms such as the Agenda 203 on sustainable development, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN mechanisms relating to human rights among others in advancing the issues and concerns of indigenous peoples in Asia. Joan Carling is the Secretary General of Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) representing its 47 member-organisations in 13 countries. She is also an expert member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Ms. Mabel Bianco
President of Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer
Ms. Mabel Bianco

President of Fundacion para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer

Mabel Bianco is a feminist medical doctor, MPH and specializing in Epidemiology. Founder and President of FEIM since 1989 an NGO working to improve women's rights in Argentina and the LAC region. She is co coordinator of the Women Won’t Wait –WWW- a global campaign to eliminate VAW and HIV and Coordinator of the International Women AIDS Caucus an International –IAWC. In 1983 she created the Women, Health and Development Program at the National Ministry of Health. She attended the Beijing Conference in 1995 and since then works for its implementation. She is member of many global, regional and national women’s right networks. Member of the UNAIDS Reference group on HIV and Human Rights from 2002-2011. In 2009-2012 she was GEAR Campaign Focal Point for LAC. Since 2012 she was elected member of the Civil Society Regional Advisory Committee to UN Women. In 2012, she founded and is Co-Chair of the CoNGO CSW LAC. Since 2013 is member of the Women Major Group. She is the author of 8 books and more than 150 published papers and articles.

Ms. Yetnebersh Nigussie
Senior Advocate at Light for the World
Ms. Yetnebersh Nigussie

Senior Advocate at Light for the World

Yetnebersh Negussie is an Ethiopian human rights activist, particularly interested in promoting gender and disability inclusion in overall development at different levels. As a result of her remarkable lessons in advocating for the rights and opportunities of persons with disabilities, she co-founded the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD), along with other colleagues in 2005, which she served as the Executive Director till 31 December 2015,. From January 1 2016 onwards, Ms. Yetnebersh Joined Light for the World International to serve as senior advocacy advisor with a view to broaden the impact of her work to the global level.

Ms. Yvonne Harz-Pitre
Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the International Fertilizer Industry Association
Ms. Yvonne Harz-Pitre

Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the International Fertilizer Industry Association

Dr. Yvonne Harz-Pitre has joined the International Fertilizer Institute (IFA) in September 2015 as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. Prior to IFA, she held the position of Global Communications Director at AgroFresh, a former division of Dow AgroSciences, which developed fruit quality management technologies and plant protection products. Her responsibilities encompassed international corporate communications and public affairs, with a particular focus on the implementation of reputation and issue management strategies in relation to food safety, environment and nutrition. Before AgroFresh, Dr Harz-Pitre worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington D.C., followed by a European Public Relations Manager position at Thales Group in Paris, France. She started her career in corporate communications at Michelin. A native German, Dr. Harz-Pitre has earned her PhD at the Sorbonne in Paris and has served several years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Issue Management Council (IMC).

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Major Group: Business and Industry
Sri Lanka
Stakeholder Group on Ageing