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The 71th Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) is scheduled to open at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, 13 September 2016. The General Debate of UNGA 71 will open on 20 September 2016.

SDSN and our partners are hosting a series of exciting events in and around UNGA. A preliminary list is provided below. Please note that some venues and timings may be subject to change. For more information on any of these events and to express your interest in participating please write to the SDSN Secretariat focal point listed below.

Public Events

Solutions Summit
Wednesday 21 September, New York, USA
Co-hosted by SDSN, UN Foundation, UN-NGLS, Global Innovation Exchange, SDG Philanthropy Platform, and Global Entrepreneurs Council
Contact: Lauren Barredo

Fourth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development — Implementing the SDGs: Getting Started
Wednesday & Thursday, 21-22 September (all day)
Lerner Hall, Columbia University 2920 Broadway (between 114th and 115th Street), New York, NY 10027
Contact: Lauren Barredo

The conference will focus on solutions for implementing and achieving the SDGs. The first day of the conference will feature speakers from businesses, NGOs, and the UN, and will look at implementation of the SDGs from a global perspective. On the second day, accepted papers about solutions implementation at the national and sub-national level will be presented. The overall conference will present a clear picture of how policy decisions will spur progress and data systems will track achievements.

Data Achieving Development: The data revolution driving direct action on the SDGs
Wednesday 21 September, 2.30-3.30pm,
International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD), see above (registration at ICSD will be required)
Contact: Melika Edquist

This event will bring together organizations at the forefront of the data revolution that use data, tech and innovation to explore Data for Action, focusing on the direct and immediate ways in which data can help implement the SDGs. Following a keynote, panelists (featuring Data Collaboratives engaged with the GSPDD) will present a 7-minute demonstration of their organization and offer a specific use-case or user journey of their data to demonstrate its immediate functionality to drive sustainable development.

SDSN Youth Event (in partnership with UN Foundation): Dolphin Tank
(ICSD Parallel Session)
Thursday 22 September, 9-11am, Alfred Lerner Hall
Contact: Dario Piselli

Amazon Day at ICSD
Friday, 23 September, 2016 (all day)
The event will be held in multiple locations in the Americas and online.

SDSN Youth Event in partnership with Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development: Imagining 2030
Tuesday 20 September, 7-9pm, Alfred Lerner Hall
Contact: Melissa Peppin

Music for a Sustainable Planet
Wednesday, 21 September 7:30-9:30pm; Carnegie Hall (Zankel Hall)
Entrance on Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets
Contact: Elena Crete

Join us for a wonderful musical evening! Directly following the first day of the International Conference on Sustainable Development, conference attendees and the general public are invited to attend a concert featuring renowned musicians and composers Yuri Boguinia and Vladislav Boguinia. Tickets are available for purchase online.

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, General Assembly Partnership Event
Wednesday 21 September, 9am-11am,
The Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York
Contact: Melika Edquist

This high-level event will showcase the results of a series of country roadmap exercises, which look to identify countries readiness to monitor the SDGs, and a series of new partnerships emerging from the work of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data in support of countries’ efforts and data challenges.

The Global Citizen Festival 2016
Saturday, 24 September 2016; Great Lawn, Central Park, West 81st St & West Drive, New York, NY 10024
Contact: Elena Crete

New York will convene in Central Park to listen to world-renowned performers, including Rhianna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer, and Metallica. Created by the Global Poverty Project in 2012, this event has become an annual fixture to raise awareness and mobilize momentum for ending extreme poverty in all its forms. This year’s event focuses for the first time on the SDGs.
Limited tickets are available to SDSN Leadership Council members. Please contact the SDSN secretariat as soon as possible to enquire about reserving a ticket.

SDSN Youth Event: Networking Drinks
Thursday 22 September, 8pm-late, 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, 230 Fifth Ave (Corner 27th )
Contact: Melissa Peppin

An integrated approach to SDG attainment in Cities: Urban Design, Transport and Population Health, Launch of a new special series by The Lancet, hosted in partnership with SDSN
Friday 23 September, 11:30am, 333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017
Contact: Abigail Orzolek

This event will showcase new approaches to integrated policy design to tackle the challenges lain out in the SDGs. Specifically, the event will launch a new Lancet series focuses on the health impact of city planning through transport mode options and choices. The three papers showcased in the series will unravel the complexity of urban design, the transport system and population health, and call for a paradigm shift in our approach to responding to the growing burden of chronic disease and injury in our cities. The series offers key recommendations that urban and transport planners and policymakers could implement to improve the health of urban populations, thereby addressing underlying drivers of SDGs 3 and 11.

Invite-only Events

9th SDSN Leadership Council Meeting
Sunday, 18 September (all day) at The Interchurch Center
Monday, 19 September (all day) at Casa Italiana / The Italian Academy (see map)
Contact: Abigail Orzolek

See separate agenda for the Leadership Council meeting.

Dinner of SDSN Network Chairs
Sunday 18 September, 7 – 9pm, Venue TBC
Contact: Dorothea Strueber

SDSN Networks Executive Meeting
Tuesday 20 September, The Interchurch Center, Room 1040, 9.15am-12pm
Contact: Dorothea Strüber

Meeting of Thematic Network 12 on Data for the Sustainable Development
Tuesday 20 September, 369 Lexington Avenue, New York, 10.30am – 1.30pm
Contact: Melika Edquist

SDSN Youth Event: Internal Workshop and Training
Tuesday 20 September, 8am-5pm, Interchurch Centre, Room 1253, Columbia University
Contact: Alex Clark

Meeting of Thematic Network 09 on Sustainable Cities
Thursday 22 September, Interchurch Centre near Columbia University, 9.30am-12pm
Contact: Holger Kuhle

The SDGs and Extractives: Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday, 20 September, 8:30am-11:30am, World Economic Forum, 3 East 54th Street
Contact: Lauren Barredo

Together with the World Economic Forum, UNDP, and CCSI, SDSN published an atlas of how the SDGs will affect corporations in the mining sector. Opportunities for future collaboration will be discussed at this small workshop, including on a second atlas for the oil and gas sector.