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Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region and related meetings

24 - 25 April 2017

Provisional agendaPDFPDFPDF
Note on structure and modalities of the Regional ForumPDF



Thematic background document Policy Segment PDFPDF
Compilation background documentsPDF



A preparatory civil society consultation will take place on Monday, 24 April 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Room XII).

For civil society organizations wishing to engage in the preparations and other enquiries, please contact sdgu@unece.org.

 A regional preparatory workshop for the countries from the UNECE region conducting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2017 High-level Political Forum will take place on Monday, 24 April 2017 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva (Room XXII), organized by UN-DESA and UNECE. For enquiries, please contact sdgu@unece.org.


1. Ideas4Change for the SDGs Award (PROGRAMME)

Presentations of Finalists
13:30 – 14:45 Room XXI

As part of the Regional Forum, UNECE is holding its 2nd Ideas4Change Awards competition to recognize start-up companies developing innovative solutions to sustainable development challenges. During this side event, the five finalists and the international jury will discuss the role innovative entrepreneurs can play in bringing to market sustainable development solutions and the role which governments can play in supporting this process. The five finalists of the competition will also exhibit their projects outside room XVII throughout the day. Delegates to the Regional Forum can vote for their favorite entry. Please find more information here.

Announcement of the Winners of the 2017 UNECE Ideas4Change for the SDGs Award
18:00–18:30, Room XVII

After the deliberation of the Expert Jury and the tallying of the votes of delegates from member States, winners will be announced during the Ideas4Change Award Ceremony, which will take place immediately after the closing of the Regional Forum. The winners will receive an official award certificate and will have the possibility to get a stipend from the MassChallenge Accelerator in Jerusalem, one of the most prestigious start-up accelerators in the world


2. Threats to our Oceans - Common Problems - Joint Solutions (PROGRAMME)
25 April, 13:20-14:50, Room XXII

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), together with the Governments of France, Monaco and Sweden, is organizing a side event during the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region to discuss SDG14 in more detail. The side event will present the key role Oceans play for human well-being and discuss some of the most critical threats to our Oceans, including the emerging threat of microplastics. It will be an opportunity to look at some of the important work the global community is doing to tackle these issues and provide a platform for discussion of the necessary national, regional and international policy framework.     

UNECE Executive Secretary - Mr. C.F. BachPDF
Voices of Youth - Eduki FoundationPDF
Opening Remarks
Chair - Ms. L. Monnoyer-SmithPDF
UN Deputy Secretary-General - Ms. A. MohammedPDF
UN USG for Economic & Social Affairs - Mr. H. WuPDF
ASG, Assistant Administrator, UNDP - Ms. C. SultanogluPDF
Policy Segment
Council of Europe PDF
Civil societyPDF
Round Table I
Statement - C. Sultanoglu, UNDPPDF
Round Table II
Round Table III
Presentation - B. RothenPDF
Eduki FoundationPDF
UNOG Director-General - M. MøllerPDF
Civil SocietyPDF




 List of participants:    PDF


Report of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region:   

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...and related meetings

The Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD) follows up on and reviews the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UNECE region. Focusing on practical value-added and peer learning, it creates a regional space to share policy solutions, best practices and challenges in SDG implementation and helps identify major regional and subregional trends.

As an intergovernmental mechanism, the Regional Forum is convened by UNECE, in close cooperation with the regional UN system. It is open to the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including international and regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector.

The Regional Forum will be preceded by two meetings on 24 April: a preparatory civil society consultation and a regional preparatory workshop for the countries from the UNECE region conducting Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the 2017 High-Level Political Forum.

These meetings are held back-to-back with the 70th Anniversary session of UNECE (26-27 April 2017).

The Regional Forum will include two segments:

POLICY SEGMENT: The second year of the SDGs in the region - knowing where we stand and moving on to prosperity and well-being for all.

PEER LEARNING SEGMENT: Parallel regional round tables.

Round Table I. National and local adaptation of SDGs - Concept note

Round Table II. Subregional cooperation for SDG implementation - Concept note

Round Table III. Data and monitoring - Concept note