SDSN and our networks are hosting a number of virtual events alongside the United Nation's General Assembly (UNGA). We are thrilled to invite you to join us at the following events, hosted by SDSN and our network partners.
Fixing the Business of Food: Private Sector Alignment with the SDGs and accountability to achieve Food Systems Transformation
September 16, 08:00 - 09:30 EDT

The global food system must be fundamentally transformed to operate within planetary boundaries and to enable human wellbeing. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the vital role of companies in achieving the goals, including mitigating the sector’s harmful impacts on human and planetary health and supporting broader SDG achievement. Current sustainability frameworks, standards, reporting, and certifications do not sufficiently support or measure SDG alignment of the food sector; indeed, even as corporate sustainability efforts increase, corporate alignment with the SDGs continues to face fundamental challenges. This session will take stock of a range of initiatives to support SDG alignment of the food sector, and to promote the rigorous discussion, assessment, reporting and action that is needed to support the necessary transformations.
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Launch of the Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition
September 16, 12:15 - 13:30 EDT

Decarbonizing the world energy system by mid-century to meet the 1.5° limit encouraged by the Paris Agreement requires comprehensive measures by all signatories to the Agreement. Engineers are key actors within this process, as they have the technical knowledge, skills, and expertise to plan and help implement an inclusive and sustainable pathway to decarbonization. The Council of Engineers for the Energy Transition (CEET) is a global, high-level body of engineers and energy system experts, with geographical and gender balance, that will be tasked to publish reports and briefs on engineering solutions to decarbonization. They will thereby contribute to the UN Secretary General’s Coalition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and to the UN generally on engineering pathways to achieve comprehensive decarbonization by mid-century. The CEET will be co-chaired by SDSN and UNIDO. Join us for the launch of CEET on September 16th.
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The Tipping Point: The State of the Amazon & the Bioeconomy Future
September 16, 10:30 - 11:30 EDT

This event, hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) & the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), will present an overview of the state of the Amazon, assessing the risk of the climate tipping points in the region, and the paradox between the Amazon’s extraordinary socio-biodiversity and its distance from the scientific, technological, and market frontier of the contemporary bioeconomy. Speakers will present an in-depth discussion on what the “tipping points” mean for the Amazon and the global world, the need for conservation and restoration, as well as challenges and pathways that exist to transition to a socially-fair and sustainable bioeconomy.
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International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)
September 20-21

The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) provides a forum for academia, government, civil society, UN agencies, and the private sector to come together to share practical solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2 day event will feature over 450 academic presentations and several keynote speeches from key leaders including:
  • H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh
  • H.E. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados
  • Erika Mouynes, Panamanian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Dr. Agnes Kalibata, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • Dr. Raj Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Laura Cozzi, Chief Energy Modeller, International Energy Agency
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4th Edition Amazon Day: Towards a Sustainable Amazon
September 21, 16:00 - 19:00 EDT
ICSD Side Event (registration for ICSD gives you access to this event!)

In its fourth edition, and given the pandemic of the new coronavirus, Amazon Day will be held on a virtual basis as a side event of the International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD). The event with the theme “Towards a Sustainable Amazon” will address the main findings and recommendations of the Scientific Panel for the Amazon (SPA) for the conservation of Amazon biome. The event will also feature two solutions sessions, a session on climate solutions, highlighting the contribution of the Amazon to the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) and a final session presenting solutions for the conservation of the largest hydrographic basin on the planet and its water resources. The event, held in partnership with SDSN Amazonia, the Foundation for Amazon Sustainability (FAS) and SDSN Global.

Sketching the Relevance of the National Framework for the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in India
September 22, 15:30 - 17:00 IST
ICSD Side Event

India, as a prominent developing country, has played an important role in shaping the SDGs. The country’s national development goals are mirrored in the SDGs. As such, India has been effectively committed to achieving the SDGs even before they were fully finalized. The 17 SDGs are integrated such that, they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability. This side event looks to deliberate upon Indian frameworks and their role in shaping the SDGs. As stated by our Honorable Prime Minister. Shri. Narendra Modi, India is giving great priority to our evolving understanding of the social, economic, and environmental linkages that define quality lives for the people. This platform will help to evaluate the national frameworks and review their relevance for the 2030 Agenda.

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Decolonizing Sustainable Development Education 
September 22, 9:00 - 11:00 EDT
ICSD Side Event (registration for ICSD gives you access to this event!)

The panel of MDP faculty members at TERI University, India; Regis University, USA; and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with the possibility of one more from the University of Los Andes, Colombia, will explore the decolonization of development education and will offer examples of how MDP programs are addressing this imperative. Margarita Fontecha Tirado (MDP Alumni, Emory University, USA) will serve as the moderator. This panel will consider how development education programs can effectively spark questions of colonial legacies in development, anti-racist and anti-sexist frameworks for development, alternative visions for development, and establishing equitable collaborations in local and international contexts. The MDP community welcomes the participation of anyone who is interested in this subject. Come and join us!

Timely Georeferenced Data for the SDGs
September 22, 11:00 - 12:30 EDT
ICSD Side Event (registration for ICSD gives you access to this event!)

SDGs Today aims to provide a snapshot of the state of sustainable development around the world while enabling countries, institutions, researchers, journalists, and civil society members to produce, access, and engage with real-time and timely (updated annually or more frequently) data on sustainable development, obtain geospatial information systems (GIS) training and education resources, and learn how to use the data effectively to drive action towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Join us on September 22nd to learn what kind of research projects can impact how we measure and monitor progress.

Translating Theory to Practice: Global Master's in Development Practice Alumni Perspectives on the Humanitarian, Development, and Peace Nexus
September 22, 12:00 - 15:00 EDT
ICSD Side Event (registration for ICSD gives you access to this event!)

During this session, there will be a two-hour  panel of global MDP professionals speaking on Translating Theory to Practice: Global MDP alumni perspectives on the Humanitarian, Development, and Peace Nexus. MDP members from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and North America will be represented on the panel. In addition, an hour discussion will follow on Envisioning the MDP Student and Alumni Advisory Council (SAAC) with a Meet and Greet immediately following.

Sustainable Food Production: Views from the Amazon Basin
September 22, 11:00 - 12:00 EDT

Land use-change for food production, notably soy and cattle, has been one of the main drivers of deforestation in the Amazon in the past decades. This UN Food Systems Summit side event, hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) & the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), will present an overview of the state of food production in the Amazon, assessing the impact of climate change on Amazonian health, livelihoods, and food security. Speakers will present an in-depth discussion on local responses to these challenges, and opportunities that exist for more sustainable production systems.
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Sustainable Development Pathways Toward The Amazon We Want/Living Amazon
September 27, 10:00 - 11:00 EDT

This event, hosted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) & the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA), will present an overview of the state of sustainable development in the Amazon, assessing the application of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Amazonian context. Speakers will present an in-depth discussion on the concept of a future Living Amazon, the challenges that exist in achieving a Living Amazon, and the performance and trends of Amazonian countries in achieving the SDGs.
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Adopting a Whole of Government Approach: Mobilizing Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Cross-Sector Recovery Efforts Across Africa
September 28, 10:30 - 11:30 EDT

On the sidelines of this year’s 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the G7 Partnership for Women’s Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) will co-host an event in which key African leaders, the Partnership’s core champions, and emerging advocates leading implementation efforts on the ground will discuss the importance of collaborating across institutional boundaries to mobilize greater digital financial inclusion.

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SDSN is an association of research institutes formed to support the new UN objectives under the auspices of the UN Secretary General. The SDSN is committed to supporting the implementation of the SDGs at local, national, and global scales.

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