SDSN co-hosted a panel on July 21 at United Nations Headquarters in New York entitled, “The role of civil society in socializing and implementing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.” The Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE), the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic, and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University were the other co-hosts.

The panel opened with Dr. Martin Edwards, Director of the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies at Seton Hall. Dr. Edwards shared his views on how academia could communicate the SDGs to the public, as universities are know for their ability to communicate complexity. Lauren Barredo, Manager at SDSN, described how the SDSN uses its National and Regional SDSN networks to facilitate a two-way exchange of information between academic institutions and the UN. Emil Chireno, Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic, spoke about how his organization uses Model UN as a way to teach young people about the UN and its processes, engage them in global dialogues, share what they have learned with their communities, and encourage them to pursue careers in intergovernmental organizations. Marc Jourdan, UN Representative for FUNGLODE, described their initiatives to involve youth from the Dominican Republic in advancing sustainable development. Highlights included an environmental film festival and projects to recycle waste into marketable goods like lighting fixtures. Virginia Wall, UN Representative for Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo, shared experiences bringing youth to New York to see how the UN works firsthand.