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SDSN at the 2022 UN General Assembly (UNGA)

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.
The Lancet COVID-19 Commission Report Launch
September 15, 2022, 11:00am - 12:30pm EDT
Virtual


Coinciding with this year’s 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), The Lancet COVID-19 Commission, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University will convene a launch event where leading public health and global governance experts of the Commission will discuss the final report of the COVID-19 Commission and key findings from two years of research. The findings will cover the conceptual framework for understanding pandemics set forward by the Commission and the chronology of the COVID-19 pandemic, diagnoses of the various global, regional, and national successes and failures in the COVID-19 response, and urgent steps that should be taken to increase global resilience to future pandemics and other global health shocks.
 
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The Amazon We Want: Science-Based Pathways for a Sustainable, Inclusive, and Resilient Amazon
September 15, 2022, 13:45 - 15:15 EDT
Hybrid: In-person at Scandinavia House, NY or virtual participation


In light of the 77 UNGA focus of “International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development”, the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA) will gather to cover the state of the Amazon since the launch of the landmark Amazon Assessment Report at COP26, what is at stake with the loss of the Amazon, and the Western and Indigenous scientific solutions offered in the report that can catalyze sustainable development in the region and beyond.
 
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Accelerating the rule of law and scaling sustainable development to end deforestation in the Amazon Basin
September 15, 2022, 09:30-­11:00 AM EDT 
Hybrid: Bahá’í International Community’s Conference Room on 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 120, New York, NY, or virtual participation


The aim of this session is to create awareness on the potential for a bioeconomy of standing forests and flowing rivers in the Amazon, leveraged by investments in science, technology, and innovation as called for in SDG 9. More specifically, this session aims to leverage the importance of: (i) investing in education, science, research, technology, and innovation; (ii) creating fiscal and financial incentives to engage the private sector and multilateral institutions in innovation and sustainable value chains; (iii) promoting green job creation and capacity building; (iv) investing in rural, urban, and peri-urban sustainable infrastructure.
 
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The Amazon as a Bioeconomy Superpower: Investing in Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development
September 16, 2022, 14:00 - 16:00 EDT
Hybrid: In-person at Scandinavia House, NY or virtual participation


The aim of this session is to create awareness on the potential for a bioeconomy of standing forests and flowing rivers in the Amazon, leveraged by investments in science, technology, and innovation as called for in SDG 9. More specifically, this session aims to leverage the importance of: (i) investing in education, science, research, technology, and innovation; (ii) creating fiscal and financial incentives to engage the private sector and multilateral institutions in innovation and sustainable value chains; (iii) promoting green job creation and capacity building; (iv) investing in rural, urban, and peri-urban sustainable infrastructure.
 
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UNESCO Open Education Resource (OER) Recommendation within Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships
[Official Side Event of the UN Transforming Education Summit]
September 17, 2022, 16:30 - 18:00 EDT
In-person: United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY | Room CR4


This session announces actions and investments by stakeholder partners to implement the UNESCO Open Education Resource (OER) Recommendation in support of education for sustainable development (ESD). The International Commission on the Futures of Education recognises that OERs are also essential for supporting educators, students and young professionals on their ESD teaching and learning journeys. This session will demonstrate the importance of creating Diamond OERs that are hosted in Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) Open Educational Resources Repositories (OERRs) that can be used in ESD and training at any stage of life, in any corner of the planet. Our initiative is to create education resources for sustainable development that are free, openly licensed, easily accessed and can be repurposed. This global repository of quality OER is essential if education is to be truly a Global Public Good.
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Ministerial Panel: Transforming Education for Prosperity, People and the Planet
September 18, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 EDT
Virtual

To contribute to the Transforming Education Summit organized by the United Nations on 19th September 2022 in New York, Mission 4.7 invites Ministers of Education to join a special Ministerial Panel, a side event of the UN Transforming Education Summit to highlight their work and commitment towards making SDG 4.7 a reality. This panel will showcase the good practices in countries that are leading the global conversation on transformative education. The panel will be co-hosted by Mission 4.7 partners UNESCO, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens, and the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.
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Deepening the Impact of Education for Sustainable Development through Social Emotional Learning and Happiness
September 18, 2022, 1:00 - 2:00pm EDT 
Virtual


Global Happiness Council Education Policy Briefs give us the space to re-imagine education to support psychosocial well-being of learners and educators as a foundation for effective teaching and learning. The panel “Deepening the Impact of ESD through Social Emotional Learning and Happiness” is taking place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and the inaugural Transforming Education Summit, convened in response to the global crisis in education. The panel is co-hosted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), The World Happiness Report and Wall’s Ice Cream.
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International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD)
September 19-20, 2022, All Day
Virtual


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 two day event will host ten plenary 30 parallel, and four poster sessions. This year the conference celebrates its ten year anniversary with, A Decade of ICSD.

ICSD also has several side events occurring before and after the conference that registered participants will have full access to. The 2 day event will feature over 450 academic presentations and several keynote speeches from key leaders.
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Energy Transition Showcase: Costa Rica, Brazil, and United States
September 21, 2022, 10:00 - 11:30am EDT
Virtual


Land use policies impact every aspect of the transition to zero greenhouse emissions, including: siting of renewable energy, next generation biofuels, reforestation, etc. The complexity of policy choices in this area will require new efforts at RDD&D, new inter-agency planning, and enhanced cooperation. This panel will explore these questions, as well as what is needed to enact policy to bring about the energy transition.
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