COVID-19

[Webinar] Strengthening Southeast Asia’s democratic health after COVID-19

Live webinar: Strengthening Southeast Asia’s democratic health after COVID-19

Organized by the Kofi Annan Foundation

According to the V-Dem Institute of Gothenburg University, some governments in Southeast Asia have experienced different levels and forms of democratic backsliding under the cover of pandemic-related emergency measures. Our panelists will present the regional situation and explore ways of restoring, and even invigorating, democracy in Southeast Asia as it emerges from the pandemic.

ModeratorVeronica Pedrosa, journalist from the Philippines

PanelPresident Ramos Horta, former President, PM, Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; member of the Kofi Annan Electoral Integrity Initiative Senior Panel
Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, former UN USG; former Executive Secretary of the UN ESCAP; member of the Kofi Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age (KACEDDA)
Dr Thant Myint-U, Historian; former UN official; Chairman of U Thant House

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on CoNGO’s Regional Committee in Asia-Pacific, please visit facebook.com/ngocongoRCAP.

[Virtual Side Event] Catalysing action at the frontlines to support transformative pathways

HLPF virtual side event: Catalysing action at the frontlines to support communities to achieve transformative pathways in the decade of action, delivery and accountability

Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)

Co-Organizers: Republic of Korea UN SDG Action Campaign Action for Sustainable Development, CIVICUS, Project Everyone, Save the Children, HelpAge, Action Aid

Register here now: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.phppage=view&type=20000&nr=7094&menu=2993

This year is the first year of the Decade of Action, but the impact of Covid-19 has led to massively increased challenges to delivery of the promises of transformation, more than 500 civil society groups came together in a Global Day of Solidarity to highlight that we are #StrongerTogether on 22 May. This coalition will consider:

  • Key examples of community groups that are stepping up to deliver the SDGs and respond to the Covid-19 crisis
  • The impact of Covid-19 on the SDGs
  • Lessons learned and opportunities to build grassroots momentum for the Decade of Action

 

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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-Vienna, visit ngocsdvienna.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Migration, please visit ngo-migration.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Mental Health, please visit ngomentalhealth.org.

[Special Event] SDG Acceleration Actions to Build Back Better

SDG Acceleration Actions is an online platform set up by UN DESA in the lead up to the SDG Summit to capture and promote new commitments and actions from national governments and all non-state actors to accelerate the SDG implementation. All Member States and other actors are encouraged to use the 2020 High-level Political Forum as an opportunity to register new SDG acceleration actions and initiatives through the online platform, including those that seek to support efforts to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. Organized by UN DESA, the special event aims to showcase and galvanize ambitious new SDG Acceleration Actions by governments and other actors to contribute to the Decade of Action and Delivery in the context of post COVID-19 realities.

Register herehttps://bit.ly/HLPF2020AccelerationActions

For more information: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2020/sdgaccelerationaction

Kind regards,
Division for Sustainable Development Goals
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Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org

[Virtual HLPF Side Event] Overcoming systemic challenges to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare

Overcoming systemic vulnerabilities and financing challenges for a fairer and sustainable future- intentional collaborative actions to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare in the context of COVID-19

A virtual conversation organized by the NGO Committee on Financing for Development-NY

Panel discussion: 8:00 – 9:00 am New York Time
Breakout session: 9:00 – 9:30 am

Register by July 12: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUuf-ihrjkvHdblKZvD5FxOqkbpFnnjd1U_

According to recent figures from the World Food Program (WFP), lives and livelihoods of 265 million people in low and middle-income countries will be under severe threat as a result of corona virus pandemic. This is nearly double the 135 million people in 55 countries that the Global Report on Food Crises 2020 has estimated as facing acute hunger as a result of conflict, the impact of climate change and economic crisis prior to the onset of COVID-19. ILO estimates that as many as 25 million people could become unemployed, with a loss of workers’ income of as much as USD 3.4 trillion due to COVID19 globally. The evidence from the drastic effects of the pandemic clearly speaks to a broken system , social safety nets, health care, and social protection systems, that are either severely lacking or completely missing and that will continue to amplify poverty and income, wealth, health, gender, trade, debt and market inequalities in many of the developing and least developed countries.

As Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared, “The best defense against disease outbreaks and other health threats is preparedness, which includes investing in building strong health systems and primary health care. […] If we don’t invest in both, we will face not just health consequences but the social, economic, and political fallout that we’re already experiencing in this pandemic.” Now is the time to reevaluate, invest where it is needed the most, and fix these broken systems, because if we do not nobody else will.

The panel will explore financing challenges in the aftermath of COVID -19 and strategize on how best to build effective collaboration and partnerships between, pubic private and civil society organizations to address hunger, unemployment and healthcare. Panelists will share specific challenges faced by migrants, women, workers in the informal and agricultural sectors, and micro small and medium enterprises as they strive to revive their livelihood and economy. We will hear voices from the communities most impacted by the lock downs and fall-out from COVID-19. Panelists will also share positive impacts of measures they have taken to address the challenges and propose further action to reevaluate, reinvest and rebuild.

Moderator:

Anita Thomas, Chair, NGO Committee on Financing for Development

Speakers:
Harsh Mander, Director, Center for Equity Studies, India
Ziada Nabembezi Zalwango, Co-Founder and Programs Director at ZACHEDO, Uganda
UN Member State Representative (TBC)
Representative from ILO (TBC)
Representatives from Sub-national Government / Planning Forum, Kerala, India (TBC)

Cosponsoring organizations:

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (DBA Women First International Fund), Salesian Missions Inc., New Humanity Focolare Movement, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development

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CoNGO Notes: The NGO Committee on Financing for Development is a substantive committee of the Conference of
NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. To learn more about the work of the Committee, visit ngosonffd.org.

[UNDP Webinar] Half the World: The Many Faces of Social Protection

High Level Political Forum UNDP virtual event “Half the World: The Many Faces of Social Protection” 

14 July, 8:00 am EST

Join a discussion on the future of social protection, and practical steps to turn the crisis into an opportunity for a concerted push towards a sustainable, inclusive and resilient future.

  • Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • Cina Lawson, Minister of Postal Affairs and Digital Economy of Togo
  • Yemi Alade, Nigerian singer and advocate for UNDP
  • Reema Nanavaty, Director General of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association), India

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

Strengthening SDG 16/17 implementation in the context of COVID-19

2020 HLPF virtual side-event: How to strengthen the partnership between the government and civil society to accelerate the implementation of SDG 16/17 in the corona context?
Date:14 July 2020
 -1st session: CSO roundtable 07:00-08:00 EDT (20:00-21:00 in East Asia time)
 -2nd session: HLPF Side-event 08:00-09:00 EDT (21:00-22:00 in East Asia time)

Main Organizer: Korea NGO Council for Overseas Development (KCOC)

Co-organizers: Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs, Save the Children Japan, World Vision Japan, Japan Youth Platform for Sustainability

Best regards,
Aoi Horiuchi
Advocacy Coordinator,
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC)
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CoNGO Notes: For more information on the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY, please visit ngocsd-ny.org. For more information on the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, please visit ngocdps.wordpress.com. For more information on CoNGO’s Regional Committee in Asia-Pacific, please visit  facebook.com/ngocongoRCAP.

[Webinar] A Shift in Mind-Sets: Faith-Based Solutions to Climate Action Obstacles in Agenda 2030

Dear Friends,

You are cordially invited to our CRNGO Climate Working Group webinar, a parallel event on the occasion of the High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs “A shift in mindsets: faith-based solutions to climate action obstacles in Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.

Date: Monday, 13 July 2020

Time: 12:00-13:30 EDT / 18:00 – 19:30 CET

RSVP: https://forms.gle/uaYmVrwJWm6gLupCA

Organized by: The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, Presbyterian Church USA, Sokka Gakkai International, Parliament of the World’s Religions, ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches, IBVM, Baha’i International Community, The Bhumi Project, Loretto at the United Nations, Anglican Communion

Faith-based organizations working with the UN system have specific climate action goals that they address across multiple UN avenues and modalities. They also have been active in implementing Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement through programmatic action and advocacy locally, nationally and globally.

With five-year reviews of both Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement in 2020, this year’s High-Level Political Forum, with its review theme of “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: realizing the decade of action and delivery for sustainable development”, offers an ideal moment for faith-based organizations to a) consider climate action accomplishments thus far across both the SDG and Paris Agreement frameworks and b) identify and analyze obstacles to progress and develop joint strategies to accelerate ambition and related goals ahead of COP 26, particularly in the new context of COVID-19.

The parallel event is sponsored by faith-based organizations associated with an emerging Climate Working Group within the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN (CRNGO). The Working Group is connected to the Interfaith Liaison Committee work at the UNFCCC Conferences of Parties, while also furthering climate goals in the specific context of the UN headquarters in New York City.

If you have any questions, please write to: religiousngo@gmail.com

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CoNGO Notes: For more information about the Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations, visit rngos.wordpress.com. For more information on the NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief, visit unforb.org. 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

[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

[Virtual Launch] 2020 Development Cooperation Forum Survey Study

Colleagues,

You are invited to participate in the virtual launch / webinar of the Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) Survey Study on Friday, 10 July 2020 (8:00 – 9:45 am, New York time). The event will take place alongside the 2020 High-level Political Forum.

The 2020 DCF Survey Study takes a fresh look at the enablers of effective development cooperation and their potential import in COVID-19 response and recovery.

This virtual launch welcomes all stakeholders, including survey participants, experts and civil society representatives, to begin engaging on key findings of the latest DCF Survey.

Participants will discuss the practical recommendations generated by the study and how they can assist policy makers and practitioners in recovery efforts from the pandemic, in a way that advances risk-informed and climate-smart development cooperation.

Join the virtual launch/webinar here on Webex: https://undesa.webex.com/undesa/onstage/g.php?MTID=e41e9a0e78b7538f94e007ede8a3123e5

Before the event, please download the Webex app on your computer or mobile device.

Please contact dcf@un.org for questions or assistance.

We look forward to your participation on 10 July!

Best regards,
Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) Team
UNDESA / FSDO

[HLPF Webinar] “Digital with Purpose”

Digital with Purpose: Accelerating Action and Transformative Pathways for Delivering on the SDGs & Recovering from COVID-19

8 July 2020 (12 pm New York)
To join the webinar, please click on the Zoom link here

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is organizing this webinar as a side event at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020.

This session will make the case for accelerating action for an inclusive digital transformation to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, the SDGs and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The adoption of meaningful digital technologies and solutions, ICT infrastructure and leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation will be key to addressing the existing digital divides in developing countries.

Following the presentations from the panelists, there will be a Q&A session during which it will be possible to ask questions and further discuss lessons learned.

Moderator: Ms. Ursula Wynhoven, Head International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Liaison Office to the United Nations

Opening and Welcoming Remarks (20mins)

  • H.E Ms. Milica Pejanović Đurišić, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations
  • H.E Ms. Rabab Fatima, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations
  • Mr. Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General, ITU
  • Mr. Jorge Chediek, UNOSSC Director and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation

Presentations (15 mins)

  • Screening of video on Digital with Purpose
  • Mr. James Gowen, Chairman, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon

Panel discussion on country experiences with country representatives: (30mins)

  • Mr. Ibrahima Guimba Saidou, Minister Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger, Directeur Général / CEO Agence Nationale pour la Société de l’Information (10 min)
  • Mr. Martin Olmos, Undersecretary of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Argentina (10 min)

Q & A interaction with audience (15 mins)

Wrap up and Closing (5 mins)

  • Ms. Xiaojun Grace Wang, Deputy Director of UNOSSC

For more information, click here.

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