7 July 2017, Geneva, Switzerland – UNITAR is planning a multitude of activities for this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2017) in New York.  As part of the "HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre 2017", UNITAR and United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) will deliver, on 11 and 14 July, 2 learning sessions that will aim to promote understanding of the use of policy-relevant data and meaningful stakeholder engagement for the implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda. UNITAR will also hold a one-day private sector workshop “Business leading the way: the SDGs as a tool for sustainability and growth” on 13 July, in conjunction with UNDESA, SDG Fund and EcoVadis. On the following Monday, UNITAR 2030 Agenda Advisory Council Meeting will be held to provide overall guidance on UNITAR’s activities. Mr. Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR, will contribute to the official discussions and some side events during the HLPF 2017 to support UN Member States in achieving SDGs.

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UNITAR and UNDESA act as the main co-organizers of the following two learning sessions at HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice 2017:

1st session: “Monitoring and data for evidence-based, integrative SDG decision-making and reporting: RBM 2.0, iSDG model and other tools”

Tuesday, 11 July, 15:00 - 18:00, Conference Room 6

OBJECTIVE

The main objective of the session will be to introduce participants to the challenges and potential solutions for ensuring a better production and use of policy-relevant data. It will offer space for discussing challenges and opportunities related to both, the collection of relevant, timely, quality and disaggregated data for national reporting and the production of relevant sectoral data disaggregated by locality for decision-making, management and resource allocation purposes. It will introduce some of the new tools and methodologies being developed by UN and think tanks, including those already being used by UN Member States (RBM 2.0 model, iSDG model, training toolkits).

PROGRAMME

Facilitators

Alex Mejia, Senior Manager, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Sami Areikat, Sustainable Development Officer, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

Panel

Chair  

Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director of UNITAR

Panellists

Johannes Jutting, Manager, PARIS 21

Raj Gautam Mitra, Inter-Regional Adviser, United Nations Statistics Division

Jenna Slotin, Senior Director for Policy and Strategy, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Showcases

“Capacity building in M&E for the SDGs using RBM approach” by Sami Areikat, UNDESA

“iSDG model” by Steven Arquitt, Millennium Institute

“Training toolkits for reviews, data and integrated decision-making” by Elena Proden, UNITAR


2nd session: “Strengthening stakeholder engagement for eradicating poverty and achieving the SDGs”

Friday, 14 July, 10:00 - 13:00, Conference Room 6

OBJECTIVE

The main objective of the session will be to introduce participants to the importance, key principles of, and conditions for meaningful participation. It will also provide tools for defining engagement approaches, mapping key stakeholders and identifying the key elements of a VNR stakeholder engagement strategy. The session will be open to government officials, the representatives of civil society and other stakeholders providing a diversity of perspectives. It will feature stories from the field by prominent UN and civil society experts.

PROGRAMME

Host

Lotta Tähtinen, Chief of Outreach and Communications Branch, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) 

Alex Mejia, Senior Manager, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Story from the field

Guest Speakers

Nikhil Seth, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Director of UNITAR

Alessandra Nilo, Executive Director, Brazilian NGO GESTOS

Training session

Facilitators

Aranzazu Guillan Montero, Senior Governance and Public Administration Officer, UNDESA

Alessandra Nilo, Executive Director, Brazilian NGO GESTOS

Elena Proden, Specialist on Capacity for the 2030 Agenda, UNITAR


The HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice 2017 will run in parallel to the HLPF formal meetings, from 10 to 14 July in conference room 6, to provide learning opportunities to delegates and other interested persons. It is designed as a hands-on capacity building, networking and experience-sharing activity, with high-level speakers, trainers and experts. Learning sessions will be open to registered HLPF participants, including policy makers, representatives from major groups and the UN system as well as other stakeholders with access to the UN complex. Dedicated groups may also be invited to participate in specific sessions. Special security and access arrangements will be needed for the latter. For more information, please see this document.

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development is the United Nations central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. This year’s official session will open on 10 July and close on 19 July 2017, at the end of the three-day high-level segment. The theme of HLPF 2017 will be “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.


More information about UNITAR’s activities and learning products on the SDGs is available at www.unitar.org/a2030 (Contact: elena.proden@unitar.org).