UNITAR is organizing multiple learning and capacity development events during this year’s High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. Convened under the theme of “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, the HLPF 2018 will feature an in-depth review of Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, and 17 and presentations on country-level progress towards SDGs by 47 UN Member States. The Forum also co-hosts with UNDESA a SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre and contributes to the programme of special events and official side events.

HLPF Events organized and co-organized by UNITAR

I. UNDESA-UNITAR SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre

9 July to 15 July 2019, 10:00 – 13:00 and 15:00 – 18:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 5

Through this Centre, UNITAR and UNDESA aim to provide space for Governments, academic institutions, think tanks and other stakeholders to offer learning and training sessions on sustainable development implementation during intergovernmental meetings at the United Nations.

In addition to being a convener of the Centre, UNITAR also acts as a co-organizer of three out of 10 learning events run as part of the Centre.

Please see additional information and detailed schedule at http://old.unitar.org/ny/

II. Launch of UN SDG:Learn Initiative during the Opening of SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre

9 July 2019, 10:30-13:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 5

This year’s opening of the SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre will be combined with the launch of UN SDG:Learn Platform, the result of a partnership of various UN entities, academia and universities and the private sector with the objective to enable learners to navigate easier through the wealth of SDG learning products and services and identify those that match best their needs.

This partnership coordinated by UNITAR and the UN System Staff College is a truly collaborative effort with close to 40 other Partners from among UN and other key global, regional and national organizations providing training, learning and capacity development services with a focus on the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs who have already joined this initiative. This initiative aims to enable individual learners or benefiting Organizations to make an informed decision about the kind of SDG-related learning product or service that can help them best achieve their objectives in terms of individual learning, professional development and/ or institutional effectiveness. This includes a simpler way of accessing learning services and professional guidance on matching specific needs with the most adapted learning solutions available.

Following the opening of the Centre by UNDESA and UNITAR, the Deputy Secretary-General and the Heads of UNITAR and UNSSC will inaugurate the Platform followed by a demo session and short interventions by the UN SDG:Learn Partners representing the three large constituencies whose learning offer is featured through the Platform. The closing session will propose space for an exchange on learning needs and solutions for the SDGs among UN Member States and other stakeholders. In particular, it will aim to address the ways in which the UN SDG:Learn, including the Platform, Partnership and Programme, can be best leveraged to meet the needs of the countries, institutions and individual learners. Please find the flyer with the program here.

For more information, contact: a2030@unitar.org

III. Powering up 4 success: Inclusive, dynamic country-led evaluations for successful SDG implementation and reporting

11 July 2019, 12:00-13:00, UNICEF Headquarters

The side event will discuss how evaluation can reinforce follow-up and review processes at the national level towards evidence-based VNRs. More specifically, it will discuss how evaluation can be used to guide SDG efforts.

  1. Making the case for government-led evaluations.
  2. Highlighting the importance of an independent, inclusive and equitable evaluation function (within governments, UN agencies and other external support agencies) and what it can achieve.
  3. Stimulate reflection on actual and planned evaluations in the context of the SDGs from developed and developing countries;
  4. Discuss how evaluation findings are being used to inform decision-making for improved SDG implementation and reporting.

IV. From silos to synergies: Governance and policy coherence tools for implementing the SDGs coherence

11 July 2019, 15:00 – 18:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 5 as part of UNDESA-UNITAR SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre

Four Organizations – OECD, Global Network of Civil Society Organization Disaster Reduction, Millennium Institute and UNITAR – will be organizing this session that will consist of two parts:

  1. During the first part, participants will learn from concrete experiences in promoting policy coherence in a multi-stakeholder environment for the implementation of the SDGs. They will also learn from experts about available methodologies, emerging tools and data sets, which are helping governments and other key stakeholders to break policy silos.
  2. During the second part, participants will engage in a hands-on exercise where they will learn how to apply the various methodologies, tools and data presented to improve policies and policy-making processes as well as organisational structures, and to identify mechanisms which can help achieve the SDGs in a more integrated and coherent manner.

V. Translating SDGs into actions through financing and policy adjustments

15 July 2019, 10:30-13:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 5 as part of UNDESA-UNITAR SDGs Learning, Training and Practice Centre

The SDGs Learning, Training & Practice session on SDG Financing: An Integrated Approach organized by UNDESA, UNDP, World Bank, IMF and UNITAR will introduce methods for implementation of “integrated national financing frameworks” (INFFs). INFFs are a tool to formulate and implement comprehensive financing strategies for SDG implementation. They provide a roadmap to operationalizing the Addis Agenda at the country level, accompanied by multilateral action to create an international enabling environment.

The workshop will introduce and discuss key building blocks for INFFs, building on analysis in the 2019 Financing for Sustainable Development Report (FSDR)1. It will start with a breakdown of the first building block, on assessments and diagnostics. This includes assessments of the financing landscape, financing needs, and identification of policy and capacity binding constraints. The workshop will then address the other building blocks, including the financing strategy. In this context it will highlight how to incorporate specific elements, such as blended finance as one tool used to finance SDG investments, including both its potential and risks.

The FSDR is a joint product by more than 60 UN and other relevant agencies working on development finance. The 2019 FSDR thematic focus chapter on integrated financing frameworks draws on ongoing analytical and operational work by UN-DESA, UNDP, the IMF, the World Bank and other Task Force members, who will jointly carry out this workshop.

VI. Launch of the "Toolkit: Management Practices for Safer Roads"

15 July 2019, 13:00-14:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 8

Why? The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set a goal of reducing road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020.

What? In line with the Road Safety Decade of Action Pillar 2, the Toolkit features a methodology that helps:

- Identify the number and location of deaths and injuries by road user type, and the key infrastructure factors that influence risk

- Identify hazardous road locations where excessive numbers or severity of crashes occur and outlines corrective measures accordingly.

To register please e-mail: roadsafety@unitar.org

VII. Localizing the 2030 Agenda. Implementation of the SDGs at subnational and local level

15 July 2019, 15:00-18:00, UNHQ, Conference Room 8

UNITAR and the World Family Organization are organizing a workshop on Localizing the 2030 Agenda at Subnational and Local level. The workshop will bring together the expertise of UNITAR's International Training Centres for Authorities and Leaders (CIFALs). The CIFAL Global Network comprises 18 training centres affiliated to UNITAR, each specialized in providing innovative training throughout the world, and serving as a hub for the exchange of knowledge amongst government officials, academic institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

The workshop will consist of a moderated panel discussion with experts, government officials, and private sector leaders and practitioners, who will present various perspectives on the actions local government can take to advance the SDGs. Special emphasis will be placed on SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, 16, and 17.

For more information, contact: sdp@unitar.org

Background on High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

The 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will convene in New York, from 9 – 18 July 2019, and will be held under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council. One of the key objectives of the Forum is to steer the process through political leadership, guidance, and recommendations and review the progress made towards achieving sustainable development. The theme of the 2019 HLFP meeting will be “Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality”. It will provide space for an in-depth review of progress in the following goal areas: Goal 4, Goal 8, Goal 10, Goal 16, and Goal 17.

The Forum comprises plenaries from 9 to 15 July 2019 and a three-day high-level segment with the participation of ministers from 16 -18 July 2019 when Member States discuss their progress at the national level. This year 47 Member states volunteered to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at HLFP.