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UNITAR and the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA/DSDG) are organizing the 2020 SDGs Learning, Training & Practice – a series of capacity building and knowledge workshops held at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), featuring speakers and experts from academia and other sectors on crucial topics related to the implementation of the SDGs under review in 2020.

The sessions will be held virtually on 7, 8, 9, 10 and 13 July 2020 and will run in parallel to the HLPF formal meetings.

The 2020 SDGs Learning, Training & Practice will feature workshops focusing on enhancing the capacity of stakeholders on the six entry points showcased in the 2019 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR):

  1. Human well-being and capabilities
  2. Sustainable and just economies
  3. Food systems and nutrition patterns
  4. Energy decarbonization and universal access
  5. Urban and peri-urban development
  6. Global environmental commons


The full session programme can be accessed here.

The 2020 SDG Learning, Training and Practice will include sessions focusing on strengthening capacity and promoting partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Workshops aim 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

Session 1

Session 2

Developing Transformational Partnerships to Catalyze SDGs Implementation

Tuesday 7 July, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Partner Organizations: UNDESA/DSDG, UNODC, and the World Economic Forum

Session 3

Accelerating Action through Digital Technologies: Strengthening Digital Skills and Capacities for Human Wellbeing

Wednesday 8 July, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)

Partner Organizations: UNITAR and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Session 4

Food Systems and Nutrition Patterns: Biodiversity, Resilience and Food Security

Wednesday 8 July, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Partner Organizations: Emerging AG, as secretariat of the Global Pulse Confederation, and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)

Session 5

Global Environmental Commons: Co-designing Solutions to Integrate SDGs Into Policies and Practices thru Education and Capacity Development

Thursday 9 July, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)

Partner Organizations: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) Government of Japan, Sulitest, and the Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute at Columbia University

Session 6

Energy Decarbonization and Universal Access: Participatory Science and Stakeholder Capacity Building in Sustainable Energy Development

Thursday 9 July, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Partner Organizations: International Atomic Energy Agency and NGO Objectif Sciences International

Session 7

Sustainable and Just Economies: – Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Crisis and Enabling Factors for the SDGs

Friday 10 July, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)

Partner Organizations: ILO Green Jobs Programme, International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW Asia Pacific), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Women's Major Group (WMG), World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA), UN Global Compact, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Session 8

Urban and Peri-Urban Development: Tools for SDG Localization

Friday 10 July, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Partner Organization: European Commission - Joint Research Centre

Session 9

Teaching, Learning and Integrating the SDGs at Universities and Beyond - Linking to the Decade of Action

Monday 13 July, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (EST)

Partner Organizations: International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), International Association of Universities (IAU), SDG Academy, L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Session 10

Preparing for the Second Reporting Cycle: Empowering Actors, Improving Coordination and Strengthening SDG Data Reporting

Monday 13 July, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)

Partner Organizations: Permanent Mission of Denmark, UK Office for National Statistics, Action for Sustainable Development, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Danish Institute for Human Rights, Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, TAP Network, Bristol City Office, and the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles


Harris LaTeef

UNITAR New York Office


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