Transformative pathways to realize the 2030 Agenda: a whole of society approach taking into account the impact of COVID19 (Stakeholder perspective)
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtually (held New York time)

Official meeting

Biographies

The 2030 Agenda and the UN General Assembly established ambitious modalities for the participation of Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGoS) in the HLPF (paragraph 89 of the 2030 Agenda and paragraphs 14 and 15 of General Assembly Resolution 67/290). MGoS are crucial to the successful implementation, follow-up, and review of the 2030 Agenda. In preparation for the 2020 HLPF, they contributed to review processes at all levels, including at the regional forums on sustainable development and through national review mechanisms.

This session, organised in collaboration with the HLPF Coordination Mechanism of Major Groups and other Stakeholders, offers MGoS an opportunity to raise their critical concerns and concrete proposals for Decade of Action as well as highlight their contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. It will focus on the recommendations of MGoS on the implementation, follow-up, and review of the 2030 Agenda, placing particular emphasis on the theme of the 2020 HLPF and the impact of COVID-19. It will also review the contributions of MGoS themselves to the overall successful implementation of the Agenda, especially at the national level and during ongoing national review processes.

The session will have an interactive discussion format. It will be divided into two segments. The first section will focus on key strategies and systemic reforms to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and advance the Decade of Action, while the second one will expose challenges related to the shrinking democratic space for MGoS engagement.

Proposed guiding questions:

  • Which key systemic reforms and action agenda can be critical to unlock real progress in advancing the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement?
  • What kind of multilateral system is necessary to effectively face the multi-layered crises exposed and further triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • How to strengthen the centrality of human rights and reaffirm principles and modalities for democratic participation of rights-holders and all relevant societal constituencies at global, regional, national and local levels?

Chair:

  • H.E. Ms. Mona Juul, President of Economic and Social Council

Moderator:

  • Ms. Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron, Advisor for United Nations Programme, Center for International Dialogue and Cooperation, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Philippines

Resource persons:

  • Mr. Haaziq Kazi, Grade VIII Student, Indus International School Pune (MGCY)
  • Mr. Refat Sabbah, President, Global Campaign for Education (EASG)
  • Ms. Limota Limotat Goroso Giwa, Board Member, Huairou Commission (Sendai Group SEM)
  • Ms. Alessandrabree Chacha, TransSmart Trust (LGBTI SG)

Lead discussant:

  • Mr. Rilli Lappalainen, Director of Sustainable Development, Finnish Development NGOs (speaking on behalf of the Delegation of Finland)

Followed by interactive discussion

Biographies
H.E. Ms. Mona Juul
Seventy-fifth President of the Economic and Social Council
H.E. Ms. Mona Juul

Seventy-fifth President of the Economic and Social Council

Her Excellency Mona Juul was elected seventy-fifth President of the Economic and Social Council on 25 July 2019. Ambassador Juul is currently the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the United Nations in New York.

Ambassador Mona Juul was previously Ambassador to the United Kingdom (2014-2018), Director General for Security Policy and the High North in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-2014), Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission to the UN in New York (2005-2010) and Chair of the 1st Committee of the 61 session of the United Nations General Assembly (2006).

She served as Ambassador to Israel (2001-2005), accredited to Cyprus for the same period. State Secretary/Deputy Foreign Minister at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000), Special Advisor/Ambassador/Middle East Coordinator in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1997-2000) chairing the AHLC (Ad Hoc Liaison Committee on Assistance to the Palestinians). She was Minister Counsellor at the Norwegian Embassy in Tel Aviv (1994-1997). Her first posting was at the Norwegian Embassy in Cairo (1988-1990).

Mona has been with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1986, during which time she has gained broad diplomatic experience. This includes working in the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1992-1993) and member of the small Norwegian team that facilitated the secret negotiations between Israel and the PLO leading to the Oslo Agreement.

She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Oslo.

Ambassador Juul was born 10 April 1959 and is married to Mr. Terje Rød-Larsen. They have two children.

Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron
Advisor for United Nations Programme, Center for International Dialogue and Cooperation
Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron

Advisor for United Nations Programme, Center for International Dialogue and Cooperation

Ms. Tetet Nera-Lauron is a development worker with almost 30 years’ experience in multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural settings at grassroots, national, regional and international levels. She is a policy and advocacy expert and campaigner on diverse thematic areas including climate change, sustainable development, financing for development, trade, enabling environment, development cooperation, gender and women’s rights, human rights and civil society. She has served as co-chair in regional and global civil society platforms, and has also represented civil society in different advocacy arenas. She currently serves as an Advisor for the United Nations Program of the Center for International Dialogue and Cooperation of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, the political foundation of Germany’s Left Party.

Mr. Haaziq Kazi
Grade VIII Student, Indus International School Pune (MGCY)
Mr. Haaziq Kazi

Grade VIII Student, Indus International School Pune (MGCY)

Mr. Haaziq Kazi is a 14-year-old studying in Grade VIII in Indus International School Pune. Mr. Kazi is passionate about the oceans and tackling the plastic problem afflicting oceans and marine life. At the age of 11 he gave a TED talk in New York to talk about his invention Ervis, the ship for cleaning oceans and the plastic waste crisis problem. He has also created a foundation working with the youth of today to bring a generational change in the way they tackle plastic. He has created multiple initiatives in his foundation including education initiative, a digital platform and an incubation lab. Mr. Kazi has also aligned his foundation with UN SDG 12 and 14 and set short term mid term and long term goals. His foundation has currently achieved their first year goals aligned with UN SDGs. In their education initiative they work with schools and children and in one year they have taught over 1500 children in India and UAE on awareness and coming with ideas to fight the plastic pollution. He is Regional Focal Point for the Oceans Youth Constituency.

Mr. Refat Sabbah
President, Global Campaign for Education (EASG)
Mr. Refat Sabbah

President, Global Campaign for Education (EASG)

Mr. Refat Sabbah is a lifelong human rights and education activist. He is the General Director and Founder of the Teacher Creativity Centre in Palestine, the Chair of the Arab Network for Civic Education (ANHRE), and the General Secretary of the Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA).He was elected a president of the Global Campaign for Education in 2018. He is also the visa chair of the Regional support group for the ED2030 with UNESCO, and he has chosen to be a member in ED2030 steering committee leading by UNESCO. The Teacher Creativity Center (TCC) is a Palestinian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation established in May 1995 by a group of teachers, including Mr. Sabbah. TCC has been at the forefront of organisations calling for the integration of civic education and human rights concepts into the entire school curriculum, not only in Palestine but also in the wider Arab World, and to date it has trained more than 25 000 teachers in Gaza and the West Bank. Mr. Sabbah also founded ACEA, which represents eleven national education coalitions across the Arab Region.

Mr. Rilli Lappalainen
Director of Sustainable Development
Mr. Rilli Lappalainen

Director of Sustainable Development

Rilli Lappalainen is currently Director of Sustainable Development at Fingo, national platform for Finnish development NGOs. He has worked over 25 years with sustainable development as civil servant, consultant and civil society actor in all continents. He is heavily involved in global work e.g. through Forus (International Forum of National NGO Platforms), Action for Sustainable Development-network, CONCORD (European confederation of relief and development NGOs) and is a founder and chair of Bridge 47 which is a global network to bring people together to share, learn and act towards transformative change with the help of global citizenship education. Integration of learning and education in politics and practice and mixing things up to find new and coherent solutions have been the redline of Rilli´s work and life from local scouts to global networking. Mr Lappalainen is a veteran of HLPFs, longstanding member of Finnish National Commission for Sustainable Development and regular speaker and commentator.

Ms. Alessandrabree Chacha
TransSmart Trust (LGBTI SG)
Ms. Alessandrabree Chacha

TransSmart Trust (LGBTI SG)

Alessandrabree Chacha is a trans activist as well as a business person running her own company of fairtrade, organic toiletries. Ms. Chacha is implementing an advocacy project focused on ensuring trans inclusion in Agenda 2030 in Zimbabwe. She was officially invited to attend the ARFSD in Victoria Falls where she advocated for trans inclusion and presented three position papers.

Ms. Limota Limotat Goroso Giwa
Board Member, Huairou Commission (Sendai Group SEM)
Ms. Limota Limotat Goroso Giwa

Board Member, Huairou Commission (Sendai Group SEM)

Limota Goroso Giwa is a grassroots leader and member of the Governing Council of Huairou Commission, a global movement of grassroots women’s organization representing a constituency of close to one million women in poor urban, rural and indigenous communities worldwide. Ms. Goroso Giwa is a prolific writer, feminist and renowned activist for women’s human rights and peace. Ms. Goroso Giwa serves as the Executive Director of the International Women Communication Center (IWCC), a women’s human rights NGO committed to promoting and protecting the rights of women, girls and vulnerable groups in Nigeria. Ms. Goroso Giwa is also the vice chair of the transition monitoring group in Nigeria, coordinating over 450 civil societies, and sits on the Board of WAEON, representing TMG Nigeria in sub-regional grouping. In 1994, she served as West Africa Countries Coordinator of Pan African Women’s Liberation Organization (PAWLO) in Kampala, Uganda, before returning to Nigeria to focus changing policies interfering with gender issues and development. As a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, Ms. Goroso Giwa recently completed her PhD research at the University of Huddersfield’s School of Human and Health Science (United Kingdom), with a focus on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in polygamist Muslim society. In 2005, she was among the 1,000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, for women who have contributed immensely to global peace and sustainable development.

Statements
Statements
Alessandrabree Chacha - LGBTI Stakeholder Group
Haazig Kazi - Major Group for Children Youth
Refat Sabbah - Education Academia Stakeholder Group
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