Below is a complete list of SDSN’s events during the High Level Political Forum, taking place from 11th to 20th July, 2016. We hope to see you at one or more of them.

SDSNedu and UN Staff System Training College Workshop
Tuesday 12th July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room E
10:00am – 1:00pm

In collaboration with the UN System Staff College, the SDSN is participating in the inaugural HLPF SDGs Learning, Training and Practice 2016 sessions, hosted by UNDESA and UNITAR. SDSN and UNSSC will lead a three-hour training on “Learning and capacity building as inclusive enablers for Agenda 2030.” The training will take place on July 12th from 10am to 1pm in Conference Room E at the United Nations. Jessica Espey, Michael Shank, and Megan Cassidy will be presenting for SDSN.

For more information please contact: Megan Cassidy

HLPF Side Event: How to achieve SDG2?
Tuesday 12th July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room 8

The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) and Biovision are co-hosting this side event, which will showcase two concrete initiatives to transform food systems and support achievement of SDG 2. They are the Agricultural Transformation Pathways Initiative and the Changing Course in Global Agriculture project.

For more information please contact: Lauren Barredo


HLPF Side Event: Measuring Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies: Introducing the SDG16 Data Initiative
Thursday 14th July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room D
6:15 – 7:30pm

This event will be co-hosted by Transparency, Accountability & Participation (TAP) Network, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Saferworld, Transparency International, the Governance Data Alliance, Open Society Foundations (OSF), Small Arms Survey, and International IDEA, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), World Justice Project, Namati and Institute for Economics and Peace. It will showcase a new initiative for monitoring SDG 16, specifically targets relating to conflict, access to justice and social inclusion.

For more information please contact: Eve De La Mothe Karoubi

HLPF Workshop: Localizing the SDGs: From a Global Agenda to City Action
Friday 15th July, New York, Ford Foundation Building

With over 50% of the world’s population living in urban areas, cities are crucial to the fulfillment of sustainable development. They are also testimony to the diverse and complex nature of many universal development challenges: unemployment, deteriorating infrastructure, traffic and safety issues, sub-standard educational achievement and social exclusion.  The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to address these profound challenges at the city level through clear and compelling goals, participation of all stakeholders, targeted long-term policies, and public-private investments.

The aim of this event is for city representatives and those who are supporting sustainable urban development initiatives to exchange strategies, lessons and best practices for city-level implementation of the SDGs. The event is being co-hosted by SDSN, The Ford Foundation, The City of New York and 100 Resilient Cities.

For more information please contact: Jessica Espey

NOVUS Summit – Presentation of Award
Sunday 17th July, New York, General Assembly Hall
9:00 am – 7:00 pm

During the High-Level Political Forum, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and Karl Mehta will receive awards for their work on the SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu). NOVUS Summit aims to unite the science, technology and innovation community around the world and channel their brain power towards the much-needed actionable changes and scalable solutions. NOVUS 2016 will showcase 17 voices of positive change at the United Nations General Assembly Hall. It will be a highly immersive experience, an intergenerational platform to inspire all to unite in action and be the change the world needs to see.

HLPF Side Event: Localizing the SDGs: Achieving Global Goals through Subnational Action
Tuesday 19th July, New York, UN Conference Building, Conference Room 3
1:00 pm

This event, convened by the SDSN, UCLG, NRG4SD, 100 Resilient Cities and a range of other partners concerned with subnational implementation of the SDG agenda, is an official high-level side event to the High Level Political Forum. The objective is for local government representatives to showcase their efforts towards implementation of the SDGs and to encourage dialogue between national and local governments. This side event will also feature the launch of two new products; The Global Taskforce’s new Roadmap to Localise the SDG and SDSN’s new Getting Started with the SDGs in Cities guide, both of which aim to support national and local governments to localize the SDGs.

For more information please contact: Melika Edquist

HLPF Side Event: Optimizing the role of extractive industries in Agenda 2030
Wednesday 20th July, New York

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Economic Forum (WEF), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have partnered to study the role of mining in Agenda 2030 and the SDGs, producing a new report, “Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas”. The final Atlas will be released during the week of the UN High-Level Political Forum in July 2016.

This workshop will bring together a small group of select representatives from extractive industry companies and associations, governments, multilateral organizations, civil society and academia that are interested in exploring enhanced coordination and cooperation that can lead to improved contributions of the extractive industries to SDG achievement.

For more information please contact: Lauren Barredo

HLPF Side Event: Implementing the SDGs: Taking stock of the challenge and starting to measure progress
Wednesday 20th July, New York, Westin Hotel Grand Central Ballroom
5:30 – 8:30pm

In partnership with Bertelsmann Stiftung, Project Everyone and UN Academic Impact, the event will provide an opportunity for Ministers and country representatives to discuss their progress and challenges with SDG implementation. In addition, it will feature the launch of the SDSN’s and Bertlesman Stiftung’s new report – The SDG Index and Dashboard. The Index is a tool to support countries to take stock of their current standing on the SDGs and to encourage an evidence based national dialogue on implementation.

For more information please contact:  Gerry Botchoukova-Farkova