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Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Global Solutions Forum 2020

SDSN’s Global Solutions Forum (GSF) brings together sustainable development experts from around the world to showcase how they are implementing local initiatives that are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2020, SDSN will take this initiative to the next level, with an innovative event alongside the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and the International Conference for Sustainable Development (ICSD) to showcase the eight best solutions coming from SDSNs National and Regional Networks.

Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)’s Global Solutions Forum (GSF) brings together sustainable development experts from around the world to showcase how they are implementing local initiatives that are advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 2019 inaugural GSF convened 10 inspiring SDG actors for rapid-fire presentations where they shared progress, highlight victories, and inspired all of us to keep moving forward. Each Global Solution presentation packed challenges and discoveries into 7 minutes of stories, images, and insights.

In 2020, SDSN will take this initiative to the next level, with an innovative online event focused on impact and scalability to showcase the eight best solutions coming from SDSNs National and Regional Networks.

You can find all information on participating networks and previously presented solutions on www.globalsolutionsforum.org.

Due to the continued uncertainty around the global COVID-19 pandemic, GSF 2020 will be held virtually.

Date and Time:

  • Day 1: 27 October 2020 | 6 - 7:30 AM UTC
  • Day 2: 28 October 2020 | 3-5 PM UTC

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The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical problem solving for sustainable development. Since 2012, the SDSN has been committed to supporting the implementation of sustainable development solutions at local, national, and global scales. Much of SDSN’s work is led by National or Regional SDSNs, which mobilize knowledge institutions around the SDGs. Spanning six continents, the SDSN network comprises over 1100 member institutions, most of which are universities, coordinated by 37 National and Regional Networks.

The Global Solutions Forum is made possible with the generous support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Multilateral Financing of the SDGs: African & Asian Experiences

14 September 2020 - This session will showcase organizations that provide multilateral financing of the SDGs on the continents of both Africa and Asia.

14 September 2020 - "Multilateral Financing of the SDGs: African & Asian Experiences" is Session 3 of the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2020 (ICSD 2020).

Date and Time: Monday, 21 September 2020 | 12:00 - 13:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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This session will showcase organizations that provide multilateral financing of the SDGs on the continents of both Africa and Asia. These organizations provide solutions to development challenges and support in the acceleration of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through financing and deployment of targeted interventions. The session will also be an opportunity to mobilize efforts through cross-cutting strategies and strong partnerships.

The session will be followed by a parallel discussion from 13:00 - 14:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and will cover:

  • Sustainable Land Use Planning
  • Sustainable Blue Growth: Shipping and Ports
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Educate for Sustainable Development
  • Nature Based Solutions to Climate Change
  • ICT Standards for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Safe, Affordable, and Inclusive Transport under the SDGs
The Making of Happy Digital Cities & the Role of Blended Finance

14 September 2020 - This session will explore the building blocks of Happy Digital Cities and the role blended finance can play in realizing socially and environmentally inclusive investments that meet objectives of social, ecological, and spiritual harmony.

14 September 2020 - "The Making of Happy Digital Cities & the Role of Blended Finance" is Session 6 of the International Conference on Sustainable Development 2020 (ICSD 2020)

Date and Time: 22 September 2020 | 3-4 AM Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

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This session will explore the building blocks of Happy Digital Cities and the role blended finance can play in realizing socially and environmentally inclusive investments that meet objectives of social, ecological, and spiritual harmony.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Happiness Pyramid provides a point of reference for thriving cities. Based on the Balinese Tri Hita Karana (Three Ways to Happiness) philosophy, it organizes the SDGs in alignment around harmony of people, ecology, and the spiritual, promoting sound policies and governance to support resilient economies, thriving SMEs, sustainable infrastructure, and Happy Digital Cities.

Blended finance incentivizes private investment to deliver social and physical infrastructure; it involves the strategic use of government funds to leverage private capital for SDGs. Indonesia has championed blended finance as an innovative financial mechanism both domestically and through global fora such as the G20. Indonesia launched its blended financing platform, SDGs Indonesia One, to support large-scale sustainable infrastructure projects through PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur. If you'd like to continue this conversation after ICSD, we invite you to join the Tri Hita Karana Sustainable Development Cloud Forum on 19 – 20 November 2020.

Speakers

  • Cherie NursalimCo Chair Southeast Asia, UN SDSN and Vice Chair International Chamber of Commerce (Moderator)
  • Elkhonon Goldberg, Director of the Luria Neuroscience Institute and Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology, New York University of School of Medicine
  • Leslie Maasdorp, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, The New Development Bank
  • Andre Uhl, Co-Founder, The Council on Extended Intelligence
  • Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante, Senior Manager for Blended Finance, International Finance Corporation. 
COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions For Cities by the 2020 Local Pathways Fellows

2 September 2020 - Given the strong impact that COVID-19 has had on cities, the 2020 cohort of Local Pathways Fellows developed a set of innovative solutions that address the SDG 11 targets which are presented in the report titled “COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions for Cities by the 2020 Local Pathways Fellows”.

2 September 2020 - Given the strong impact that COVID-19 has had on cities, the 2020 cohort of Local Pathways Fellows developed a set of innovative solutions that address the SDG 11 targets which are presented in the report titled “COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions for Cities by the 2020 Local Pathways Fellows”.

During the month of May the 2020 cohort of Local Pathways Fellows worked on developing their proposed solutions to address the urban challenges that each SDG 11 target is facing amid the pandemic. These solutions were designed through peer-to-peer engagement between fellows in the program. Each solution was developed by a group of 3-8 fellows from different cities around the globe.

Here you will find more than 20 solutions that tackle challenges ranging from shutdowns or decreased services on mass transit which lays at the core of urban mobility to the issue of sanitation among homeless populations which could greatly increase due to the economical consequences of the pandemic. 

Examples of solutions you can find in these report include: 

  • “Municipal Management and Collection of Increased Biomedical Waste” provides a solution on how cities can tackle management and collection of Personal Protective Equipments and chemical waste on the municipal level (SDG 11.6)

  • "A Post-Pandemic Context for Recreation Spaces" proposes solutions that will help resume the use of public spaces safely as social distancing measures start to ease, and reduce the disparities around accessibility to public recreation spaces (SDG 11.7)

This one-of-its-kind report showcases what can be done when youth urbanists from all over the world connect to advance problem-solving for sustainable development and it highlights their potential. A webinar was held on June 30, 2020 where some of the most innovative solutions were presented.

Sam Loni, Director of SDSN Youth, reinforces that young people are critical actors of change towards the achievement of the SDGs, and must be regarded as such. “This report not only showcases solutions to the challenges posed by COVID-19, but it proves how young people from all over the world have connected together during these challenging times to tackle the most pressing urban issues that cities are facing as a result of this pandemic,” says Loni.

Ana Ynestrillas, Project Leader of the Local Pathways Fellowship Program, is proud to offer a program that builds capacity among the youth and pushes cities to capitalize on their potential. She expresses that, “The pandemic has revealed the frailty of our urban systems. Through the COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions report the Local Pathways fellows have proved that the youth understands the importance of urban-prompt response in times of crisis and their ability to conceive a better world than the one we had.”

Read the full report here 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE

About Local Pathways Fellowship

The Local Pathways Fellowship (LPF), pioneered by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth), is a global initiative that supports capacity building in cities by training young urban sustainability leaders.

Every year the Local Pathways Fellowship welcomes a select group of young innovators from cities around the world and provides them with the tools and resources they need to advance problem-solving for sustainable development at the local level with a special focus on SDG 11. The Local Pathways 2020 cohort is made up of 140 fellows from 100+ different cities.

For more information on the Local Pathways Fellowship program, please visit: http://localpathways.org/ 

For social media assets, please visit: http://ow.ly/QLK350B4q06 

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact: Yulia Lesnichaya, Project Officer, Communications at yulia.lesnichaya@sdsnyouth.org

COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions by the Local Pathways Fellows 2020

2 September 2020 - The 2020 cohort of Local Pathways Fellows developed a set of rapid response innovative solutions for cities that address the targets of SDG 11 which are presented in the “COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions for Cities by the 2020 Local Pathways Fellows” report.

2 September 2020 - The Local Pathways Fellowship is an initiative of SDSN Youth, the global youth initiative of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Given the strong impact that COVID-19 has had on cities, the 2020 cohort of Local Pathways Fellows developed a set of innovative solutions that address the SDG 11 targets which are presented in the report titled “COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions for Cities by the 2020 Local Pathways Fellows”.

During the month of May the 2020 cohort of Local Pathways Fellows worked on developing their proposed solutions to address the urban challenges that each SDG 11 target is facing amid the pandemic. These solutions were designed through peer-to-peer engagement between fellows in the program. Each solution was developed by a group of 3-8 fellows from different cities around the globe.

Here you will find more than 20 solutions that tackle challenges ranging from shutdowns or decreased services on mass transit which lays at the core of urban mobility to the issue of sanitation among homeless populations which could greatly increase due to the economical consequences of the pandemic. 

Examples of solutions you can find in these report include: 

  • “Municipal Management and Collection of Increased Biomedical Waste” provides a solution on how cities can tackle management and collection of Personal Protective Equipments and chemical waste on the municipal level (SDG 11.6)

  • "A Post-Pandemic Context for Recreation Spaces" proposes solutions that will help resume the use of public spaces safely as social distancing measures start to ease, and reduce the disparities around accessibility to public recreation spaces (SDG 11.7)

This one-of-its-kind report showcases what can be done when youth urbanists from all over the world connect to advance problem-solving for sustainable development and it highlights their potential. 

A webinar was held on June 30, 2020 where some of the most innovative solutions were presented.

Sam Loni, Director of SDSN Youth, reinforces that young people are critical actors of change towards the achievement of the SDGs, and must be regarded as such. “This report not only showcases solutions to the challenges posed by COVID-19, but it proves how young people from all over the world have connected together during these challenging times to tackle the most pressing urban issues that cities are facing as a result of this pandemic,” says Loni.

Ana Ynestrillas, Project Leader of the Local Pathways Fellowship Program, is proud to offer a program that builds capacity among the youth and pushes cities to capitalize on their potential. She expresses that, “The pandemic has revealed the frailty of our urban systems. Through the COVID-19 Rapid Response Solutions report the Local Pathways fellows have proved that the youth understands the importance of urban-prompt response in times of crisis and their ability to conceive a better world than the one we had.”

About Local Pathways Fellowship

The Local Pathways Fellowship (LPF), pioneered by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth Initiative (SDSN Youth), is a global initiative that supports capacity building in cities by training young urban sustainability leaders.

Every year the Local Pathways Fellowship welcomes a select group of young innovators from cities around the world and provides them with the tools and resources they need to advance problem-solving for sustainable development at the local level with a special focus on SDG 11. The Local Pathways 2020 cohort is made up of 140 fellows from 100+ different cities.

For more information on the Local Pathways Fellowship program, please visit: http://localpathways.org/ 

For social media assets, please visit: http://ow.ly/QLK350B4q06 

For media inquiries and interview requests, please contact: Yulia Lesnichaya, Project Officer, Communications at yulia.lesnichaya@sdsnyouth.org

ORIGINAL ARTICLE LINK