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Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

November 2009 – in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom, UN General Assembly declares 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day.” Resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity in: conflict resolution; race relations; promotion and protection of human rights; reconciliation; gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups; the fight against poverty; the promotion of social justice. The resolution acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

Last year, coinciding with the date of the Nelson Mandela International Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres delivered the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. In his speech, “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A New Social Contract for a New Era,” the Secretary-General takes aim at the various layers of inequality that are being exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information about Nelson Mandela and view UN materials on his life and message, check out nelsonmandela.org/content/page/annual-lecture or un.org/en/events/mandeladay.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on Disarmament, Peace, and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Social Development, please visit ngosocdev.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Human Rights, please email the co-chairs at bknotts@uua.org or bobbinassar@gmail.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org.

[#GGKP webinar] Green Jobs and a Just Transition: Country Perspectives from Argentina, South Africa and ILO

Please join #GGKP for an important and timely webinar,

Green jobs and a just transition: Country perspectives from Argentina, South Africa and ILO

Why must green jobs be central in national recovery strategies?

What sectors are leading in green jobs creation? What are some new green job profiles?

How can governments support workers during a green transition? What are key social protections as job profiles change or shift to new green sectors?

How can businesses lead in the green jobs transition, and how can going green make a business more competitive?

On 18 November (2-3:30pm CET), join the GGKP for a discussion on how governments and business can lead a just transition to greener economies featuring country perspectives from Argentina and South Africa. The discussion will be moderated by Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Coordinator of the Green Jobs Programme at the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The ILO Guidelines for a just transition to environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all provide a policy framework for inclusive, employment-centered green transitions for workers, enterprises and communities. This webinar is the third in a five-part #GGKPwebinar series held under the project, Green Economy Transformation in Cooperation with the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) – Synergies between low-emission pathways and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) through its International Climate Initiative (IKI), and is implemented jointly by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and UN Environment.

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development, please visit ngosonffd.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, please visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-New York, please visit ngocsd-ny.org.

[HLPF virtual side event] Green Economy & COVID-19 Recovery

PAGE (Partnership for Action on Green Economy) @ #HLPF2020

Green Economy & COVID-19 Recovery: Implications for the Decade of Action

Join the virtual conversation: How can a green economic recovery contribute to accelerated action on the Sustainable Development Goals?

As we enter the Decade of Action and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we must unlock the opportunity to build a better tomorrow. Green recovery responses will not only address the root causes of the current crisis but also build resilience to future economic shocks and accelerate action towards the achievement of inclusive sustainable development.

Drawing on the unique expertise of the Partnership and its commitment to supporting action on green economy, this high-level panel discussion will connect how targeted policies and investments can create jobs and income while addressing global sustainability challenges. This conversation will rally around renewed commitment towards the Sustainable Development Goals and climate and biodiversity targets, highlighting the ways in which an inclusive green economic recovery can support the Decade of Action.

Register now: mailchi.mp/8928be644e7c/page-hlpf-registration

Moderation by: Nozipho Tshabalala, Conversation Strategist and Global Moderator

Distinguished Speakers:

  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
  • Omar Paganini, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Uruguay
  • Arifin Rudiyanto, Deputy Minister for Maritime Affairs and Natural Resources, Ministry of National Development Planning, Indonesia
  • Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Industry, Trade and green Digital Economy, Kingdom of Morocco
  • Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister of Climate and Environment, Norway, and President, United Nations Environment Assembly
  • Claudio Moroni, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Argentina
  • Barbara Creecy, Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa
  • Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme
  • Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization
  • Li Yong, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Nikhil Seth, Executive Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information, on the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY, visit ngosonffd.org

COVID-19 and SDGs: Inequalities and the Informal Economy

Dear Civil Society Representatives,

We have the pleasure to invite you to a special online discussion hosted by the SDG Lab at UN Geneva on COVID-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will take place on Tuesday, 9 June 2020 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 pm EDT. Organized in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO), this discussion will address SDG progress through the entry point of Inequalities and the Informal Economy and the pandemic’s impact on the 1.6 billion people employed in this sector. You are kindly requested to confirm your participation, or that of your representative(s), online at sdglab.eventbrite.com. Once registered, you will receive an email with access details on how to join the session.

Concept Note + Programme

As the world grapples with COVID-19, the pandemic has drastically exacerbated the urgent need to address the social, economic and environmental inequalities that prevail within countries and between different regions of the planet. The SDG Lab at UN Geneva, in collaboration with ILO, is offering policymakers a high-level discussion platform to unpack how COVID-19 is impacting progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and what actors are doing to address immediate needs of their citizens while keeping the 2030 SDG horizon in clear view. This online event will focus on the many facets of inequalities in responding to the crisis, through the entry point of the informal economy. Representative of four countries – India, Jordan, Portugal and South Africa – will speak to their efforts to address inequalities while maintaining focus on the 2030 Agenda.

Programme:

Part 1. Setting the scene:

Opening remarks: Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General, UN Geneva
The many facets of the informal economy crisis: Guy Ryder, Director-General, ILO
Perspective from the Global South: Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (tbc)

Part 2. Sharing good practices:

India
Jordan
Portugal
South Africa

Part 3. Exchanging views with speakers and participants

Moderator: Nadia Isler, Director, SDG Lab

For more information about the event and to register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/107194730324

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Cher(e)s représentant(e)s de la société civile,

Veuillez trouver ci-joint une invitation de Mme Tatiana Valovaya, Directrice générale de l’ONUG, et de M. Guy Ryder, Directeur général de l’OIT, à une discussion en ligne sur COVID-19 X SDGs : Inégalités et Économie Informelle, qui se tiendra le mardi 9 juin 2020 de 15h00 à 16h30.

Pour plus d’informations sur l’événement et pour vous inscrire, veuillez consulter le site : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/107194730324

With best regards,

Tatiana Valovaya                                              Guy Ryder
Director-General                                               Director-General
United Nations Office at Geneva                      International Labour Organization

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